• WordNet 3.6
    • n doyly a small round piece of linen placed under a dish or bowl
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n doyly See Doily.
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In literature:

Doyly to Chatham to pay off a ship there.
"Diary of Samuel Pepys, 1660" by Samuel Pepys
Here was Sir W. Doyly, lately come from Ipswich about the sicke and wounded, and Mr. Evelyn and Captain Cocke.
"Diary of Samuel Pepys, 1665" by Samuel Pepys
We have lots of doylies and silver on the table, but very little to eat.
"Half Portions" by Edna Ferber
Serve the bands piled in log-cabin style on a doylie-covered plate.
"Salads, Sandwiches and Chafing-Dish Dainties" by Janet McKenzie Hill
If you take a sandwich or a cup of tea, a doylie will be given you, which place upon your knee.
"The Complete Bachelor" by Walter Germain
They also gave you 'doylies' at afternoon tea and no servant ever came into the room without knocking.
"Jan and Her Job" by L. Allen Harker
Serve at small tables, with rich floral center pieces, and handsomely draped with Battenburg, or linen center piece and plate tumbler doylies.
"Breakfasts and Teas" by Paul Pierce
After the ground-glass and doylies, there was no farther change of plates.
"The Ladies' Guide to True Politeness and Perfect Manners" by Eliza Leslie