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1velvet

noun vel·vet \ˈvel-vət\

: a soft type of cloth that has short raised fibers on one side

Full Definition of VELVET

1
:  a clothing and upholstery fabric (as of silk, rayon, or wool) characterized by a short soft dense warp pile
2
a :  something suggesting velvet
b :  a characteristic (as softness or smoothness) of velvet
3
:  the soft vascular skin that envelops and nourishes the developing antlers of deer
4
a :  the winnings of a player in a gambling game
b :  a profit or gain beyond ordinary expectation
vel·vet·like \-ˌlīk\ adjective
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Examples of VELVET

  1. She was dressed in black velvet.

Origin of VELVET

Middle English veluet, velvet, from Anglo-French, from velu shaggy, soft, velvety, from Vulgar Latin *villutus, from Latin villus shaggy hair; akin to Latin vellus fleece — more at wool
First Known Use: 14th century

2velvet

adjective

Definition of VELVET

1
:  made of or covered with velvet; also :  clad in velvet
2
:  resembling or suggesting velvet :  velvety <a velvet voice>

First Known Use of VELVET

14th century
VELVET Defined for Kids

1velvet

noun vel·vet \ˈvel-vət\

Definition of VELVET for Kids

:  a fabric with short soft raised fibers

2velvet

adjective

Definition of VELVET for Kids

1
:  made of or covered with velvet
2
:  velvety
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