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
Definition of VELVET
: made of or covered with velvet; also: clad in velvet
: resembling or suggesting velvet :velvety<a velvet voice>
First Known Use of VELVET
Fabric having a short, dense pile, used in clothing and upholstery. Velvet is made in the pile weave (seeweaving), of silk, cotton, or synthetic fibres and is characterized by a soft, downy surface formed by clipped yarns (seeshearing). Its wrong side is smooth and shows the weave used. Velvets can be made water-repellent and crush-resistant. They are also occasionally patterned or embossed.