Napkin Terminology

- Feb 18, 2019-

"Serviette" can be heard in the United Kingdom, Ireland, some parts of Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Kenya and South Africa. In Australia and New Zealand, "serviette" generally refers to the paper variety and "napkin" refers to the cloth variety. The same distinction is used in Canada although "paper napkin" may be used interchangeably with "serviette".

In the UK, the term "napkin" is traditionally "U" (upper-class) and "serviette" is "non-U".