A doily (or doilie) is a small ornamental mat usually made of cotton or linen placed underneath a dish or bowl. Openwork allows the table surface to show through. In addition to their decorative function, doilies have the utilitarian role of protecting fine-wood furniture from the scratches caused by crockery.
In more recent times, paper doilies have become common, and are often used to decorate a plate of food, underlying the food for ornamentation.
Doilies are also used as head coverings in zealous Baptist churches.
doily in German: Deckchen
doily in French: Napperon
doily in Italian: Centrino (merletto)
doily in Dutch: Doily
doily in Polish: Serweta