(Gr. soudarion, John 11:44 ; 20:7 ; Lat. sudarium, a "sweat-cloth"), a cloth for wiping the sweat from the face. But the word is used of a wrapper to fold money in ( Luke 19:20 ), and as an article of dress, a "handkerchief" worn on the head ( Acts 19:12 ).
These dictionary topics are from
M.G. Easton M.A., D.D., Illustrated Bible Dictionary, Third Edition,
published by Thomas Nelson, 1897. Public Domain, copy freely.
Bibliography InformationEaston, Matthew George. "Entry for Napkin". "Easton's Bible Dictionary". .