- \ \  In the latter part of the 17th century a certain Mr Doily kept a celebrated draper’s shop in the Strand, London, not too far from where the Aldwych now is (‘The famous Doily is still fresh in every one’s Memory, who raised a Fortune by finding out Materials for such Stuffs as might be at once cheap and genteel’, Spectator 1712). He gave his name first to a sort of light fabric used for summer wear (‘Some Doily Petticoats and Manto’s we have’, John Dryden, Kind Keeper 1678) and then, early in the 18th century, to a variety of ornamental table napkin (‘After dinner we had coarse Doily-napkins, fringed at each end, upon the table to drink with’, Jonathan Swift, Journal to Stella 1711).
Word origins - 2ed. J. Ayto. 2005.
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doily — 1714, short for doily napkin (1711), from doily thin, woolen fabric; supposedly from Doiley, surname of a 17c. early 18c. dry goods dealer on London s Strand. Doily earlier meant genteel, affordable woolens (1670s), evidently from the same source … Etymology dictionary
Doily — Doi ly, n. [So called from the name of the dealer.] 1. A kind of woolen stuff. [Obs.] Some doily petticoats. Dryden. [1913 Webster] A fool and a doily stuff, would now and then find days of grace, and be worn for variety. Congreve. [1913 Webster] … The Collaborative International Dictionary of English
doily — [doi′lē] n. pl. doilies [after a 17th c. London draper named Doily or Doyley] 1. a small napkin 2. a small mat, as of lace or paper, put under a dish, vase, or the like, as a decoration or to protect a surface … English World dictionary
Doily — Variously a kind of woollen fabric; a small table napkin; a linen dish mat, trimmed and embroidered with lace. Paper doilies are now much used … Dictionary of the English textile terms
doily — meaning ‘a napkin’, is spelt like this, not doiley or doyly. (despite the word s origin: it is named after a 17c London draper called Doiley). The plural is doilies … Modern English usage
doily — ► NOUN (pl. doilies) ▪ a small ornamental mat made of lace or paper. ORIGIN from Doiley or Doyley, a 17th century London draper … English terms dictionary
Doily — A doily A doily (or doilie) is an ornamental mat, originally the name of a fabric made by Doiley, a 17th century London draper. Doily earlier meant genteel, affordable woolens , evidently from the same source. … Wikipedia
Doily — In the late seventeenth century, during the reign of Queen Anne, an ingenious merchant sold a material that appealed to his customers because it was attractive and cheap. The material was used for summertime wear, but another use for the… … Dictionary of eponyms
doily —  In the latter part of the 17th century a certain Mr Doily kept a celebrated draper’s shop in the Strand, London, not too far from where the Aldwych now is (‘The famous Doily is still fresh in every one’s Memory, who raised a Fortune by… … The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins
doily — n. a lace; linen; paper doily * * * [ dɔɪlɪ] linen paper doily a lace … Combinatory dictionary