: a silk or rayon velvet with lustrous pile flattened in one direction

called also panne velvet

: a heavy silk or rayon satin with high luster and waxy smoothness

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Lanvin work hit global audiences when Tilda Swinton won Best Actress for Michael Clayton at the 2008 Academy Awards, wearing Alber’s simple asymmetric fall of black panne velvet that made everyone else on the red carpet look overdressed. Hamish Bowles, Vogue, 25 Apr. 2021

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Word History


French, from Old French penne, panne fur used for lining, from Latin pinna feather, wing — more at pen

First Known Use

circa 1794, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of panne was circa 1794

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Cite this Entry

“Panne.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Mar. 2023.

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