noun \ˈvel-vət\

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

Full Definition of VELVET

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

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



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

14th century


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Fabric having a short, dense pile, used in clothing and upholstery. Velvet is made in the pile weave (see weaving), of silk, cotton, or synthetic fibres and is characterized by a soft, downy surface formed by clipped yarns (see shearing). 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.


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