One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A table napkin.
- ‘Fortunately we managed to recover our serviettes before they became soaked with melted butter.’
- ‘Implements such as tongs and serviettes must be used as far as possible to avoid the direct handling of food.’
- ‘There were plates on the neatly arranged table and glasses and serviettes.’
- ‘In addition she went in search of serviettes and brought them to our table.’
- ‘The two Japanese girls working there started talking Japanese very quickly and running around, cramming a wad of serviettes into my hand.’
- ‘Unable to catch the waitress's eye, I went in search of knives and serviettes.’
- ‘The waitress helpfully provided cutlery and serviettes.’
- ‘Quickly scanning the table in front of me, I began hastily withdrawing serviettes from the dispenser to my right.’
- ‘For a change the serviette was not under the food!’
- ‘As a result our paper serviettes were useless by the time we reached a table.’
- ‘We would have appreciated serviettes but thought this was probably an oversight.’
- ‘It was so dry that I chickened out and wrapped it up in a serviette for home consumption.’
- ‘Although attractively and efficiently served both the teacake and croissants came on top of serviettes.’
- ‘Ann was pleased with the quality and size of the serviettes.’
- ‘Regular users will know that serviettes and straws are located at central points around the restaurant.’
- ‘Mel wiped his forehead with a serviette every few minutes.’
- ‘Along with your vouchers you also get serviettes.’
- ‘Why put a serviette between the baguette and plate?’
- ‘I draw all the time, on scraps of paper, serviettes, anything that's around.’
- ‘I arrange some serviettes on the table, along with some cutlery and utensils.’
Late 15th century: from Old French, from servir ‘to serve’.
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