\ˈpləsh \

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

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 Tucked underneath a staircase in Altadena, Calif., is a plush, brightly upholstered oasis. Tim Gavan, WSJ, "Five Stairways Go From Dull to Dramatic," 13 July 2018 Returning from the Taj days – but revamped – are the plush Robert’s Steakhouse and Il Mulino (plus a casual Trattoria Il Mulino). Michael Klein,, "New dining options at Atlantic City's casinos include Garces and Hard Rock," 27 June 2018 Or the Shoreline Singers, a troupe of 17 women — and one lone man — who render an arrangement plush with angelic harmonies. Rand Richards Cooper,, "In Our Midst: The Home Of The Brave," 28 Apr. 2018 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," 31 Jan. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Her ContraPoints persona is decadent in the mold of Oscar Wilde by way of Weird Twitter: sexily confident and fearlessly indulgent, with orations delivered from plush chairs and scented baths. Katherine Cross, The Verge, "The Oscar Wilde of YouTube fights the alt-right with decadence and seduction," 24 Aug. 2018 Dominick Lee, the former executive sous chef at Kiran Verma's plush Indian restaurant, has been named executive chef of the upcoming Poitin restaurant from Ian Tucker, owner of Balls Out Burger in the Heights. Greg Morago, Houston Chronicle, "Dominick Lee named new chef of Poitin," 1 Feb. 2018 To up any luxurious yet efficient morning routine, there's Chanel's plush makeup brush set, tucked in a neat red leather case that offers six essential tools for everyday. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "11 Beauty Gifts for Mom That Guarantee Favorite Child Status," 9 Nov. 2018 The adorable plush reindeer also comes with his own Christmas story, but this one is about celebrating our differences versus judging actions as naughty or nice. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "This New "Reindeer in Here" Toy Is the More Positive Version of Your Christmas Elf," 23 Oct. 2018 Super-soft ultra-plush flannel covers the extra-large, 22-inch wide and 21-inch deep device. Taysha Murtaugh, Country Living, "People Are Obsessed With This $46 Heating Pad That’s Like a Sleeping Bag for Your Feet," 15 Oct. 2018 In season 3, Matt is appalled to learn that Kingpin has been transferred from prison to a plush penthouse in exchange for cooperating with the FBI to bring down other criminal syndicates. Samantha Nelson, The Verge, "Most Read," 12 Oct. 2018 Parachute, another big bedding company that launched in 2014 and that Instagram loves, now including plush bathroom linens, baby products, and laundry detergent sets. Chavie Lieber, Vox, "Getting a good night’s sleep is a luxury — and can come at a high price.," 9 Oct. 2018 But the systematic approach with which Trump White House veterans have been offered plush gigs is. Zeke Miller, The Seattle Times, "Ex-Trump aides often find a soft landing for staying quiet," 14 Aug. 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 \
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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