\ ˈpləsh How to pronounce plush (audio) \

Definition of plush

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a fabric with an even pile longer and less dense than velvet pile



Definition of plush (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : relating to, resembling, or made of plush
2a : notably luxurious
b : rich, full the plush sound of his saxophone playing a plush, ripe wine

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Other Words from plush


plushly adverb
plushness noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for plush

Synonyms: Adjective

big, concentrated, full, full-bodied, heady, lusty, muscular, potent, rich, robust, strong

Antonyms: Adjective

delicate, light, mild, thin, thinned, weak, weakened

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Examples of plush in a Sentence


The hotel accommodations were plush. a particularly plush and buttery chardonnay

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Knowing that super soft or plush carpets are often harder to clean because of dense tufts, the Miele Complete C3 comes with a brush roll that can flip between five different sizes to make plowing through plush easier. Sarah Bogdan, Good Housekeeping, "These Top 5 Canister Vacuums Are Pros at Cleaning Tough-to-Reach Places," 14 Dec. 2018 The perfect security-ready shoe slides on and off, then back on again. Snag a statement jacket that doubles as a plush in-flight blanket. Vogue, "5 Airport Style Lessons From Fashion Month’s Off-Duty Stars," 12 Mar. 2019 The formula reacts to your body’s natural pH, providing a plush, natural color that suits the skin tone of every person perfectly and makes annoying lips gloss returns a thing of the past. Vara Gianna, Seventeen, "11 Gorgeous Lip Glosses That Won't Break The Bank," 22 Jan. 2019 The pocketed and micro coils throughout provide extra support and breathability, while 100 percent organic cotton makes the quilted mattress top plush, and pure wool naturally keeps sleepers warm in the winter and cool in the summer. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "Parachute Just Released A Brand New Eco-Friendly Mattress," 18 Jan. 2019 Whether your little one is playing, napping, or guarding the house, the jumbo-size plush will always come to the rescue. Stacia Affelt, Good Housekeeping, "The Best Holiday Gifts for Whatever Your Child Is Currently Obsessing Over," 16 Nov. 2018 The room decorated with twinkle string lights, sequin pillows, and plush throws belongs to Hannah Whitford,18 and Olivia Terry, 17. Katelyn Chef, Teen Vogue, "Mercyhurst University Dorm Decor," 24 Aug. 2018 Or, simply sit back and relax on one of the plush, rinkside couches and watch as the kids gain more and more confidence with each loop around the ice. Discover Magazine, "7 Family Friendly Bucket List Adventures in Beaver Creek," 17 Aug. 2018 Make a pilgrimage to drink in one of the world’s most important cocktail venues, and luxuriate in the plush, luxe surroundings. Mark Ellwood, Condé Nast Traveler, "19 Best Bars in London," 1 Mar. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

The small plush animals are supposed to come straight from a pretend rescue organization. Christina Barron, Washington Post, "Top travel toys and games for 2019," 10 June 2019 It's lined with a black interior, and plush stuffed animals are inside. Ashley May, USA TODAY, "Stressed over final exams? This Utah university has a 'cry closet' for students," 26 Apr. 2018 Spring flowers in crayon colors and plush animals let his friends honor Kyle. Byron Mccauley,, "Seven Hills student 'was amazing ... always smiling.'," 12 Apr. 2018 Three additional bedrooms on the upper floor have sliding closet doors, plush carpeting and wood blinds. Monica Lander, The Mercury News, "Sponsored: Pierce Ranch home features stylish designer touches, a ‘glam room,’ wet bar and quick access to hiking trails," 26 June 2019 The black and white killer whale plush animals are still widely sold at the park gift shops, but attractions like the Shamu Express coasters in the Orlando and San Antonio parks were updated and renamed Super Grover’s Box Car Derby. San Diego Union-Tribune, "SeaWorld is finally making a comeback but will PETA’s dolphin campaign stall the rebound?," 22 June 2019 The goal is to provide an intelligent, interactive support system via low-cost personal robots, Internet of Things devices and plush toys for children in need of emotional counseling. Pratik Joshi, The Denver Post, "Longmont company’s AI tech to help kids with behavioral issues," 16 June 2019 In the fall, when cruise ships taller than the highest building in town tie up, tourists ride the rattling tram along the waterfront to view the plush, noisy multitude. Sallie Tisdale, Harper's magazine, "Catechism of the Waters," 10 June 2019 And the 718's cabin would have seemed otherworldly plush to a buyer of the first-gen Boxster. Car and Driver, "2019 10Best Cars," 28 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of plush


1594, in the meaning defined above


1615, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for plush


Middle French peluche

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English Language Learners Definition of plush

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a thick, soft fabric



English Language Learners Definition of plush (Entry 2 of 2)

: made of a thick, soft fabric
: thick and soft
: very fancy and usually expensive


\ ˈpləsh How to pronounce plush (audio) \
plusher; plushest

Kids Definition of plush

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : made of a thick soft fabric
2 : very rich and fine a plush hotel



Kids Definition of plush (Entry 2 of 2)

: a fabric like a very thick soft velvet

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