Etymology
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serviette (n.)

"table napkin," late 15c., from Old French serviette "napkin, towel" (14c.), a word of obscure origin, probably from or somehow connected with the past participle of servir "to serve" (see serve (v.)). The English word was primarily Scottish at first, according to OED; it was re-introduced in literary English from French 1818. Spanish servilleta, Italian salvieta suggest folk-etymology changes somewhere.

updated on June 04, 2022

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Definitions of serviette from WordNet

serviette (n.)
a small piece of table linen that is used to wipe the mouth and to cover the lap in order to protect clothing;
Synonyms: napkin / table napkin
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