silk

noun, often attributive
\ˈsilk \

Definition of silk 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a fine continuous protein fiber produced by various insect larvae usually for cocoons especially : a lustrous tough elastic fiber produced by silkworms and used for textiles

2 : thread, yarn, or fabric made from silk filaments

3a : a garment of silk

b(1) : a distinctive silk gown worn by a King's or Queen's Counsel

(2) : a King's or Queen's Counsel

c silks plural : the colored cap and blouse of a jockey or harness horse driver made in the registered racing color of the employing stable

4a : a filament resembling silk especially : one produced by a spider

b : silky material milkweed silk especially : the styles of an ear of corn

5 : parachute

silk

verb
silked; silking; silks

Definition of silk (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

of corn

: to develop the silk

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Other Words from silk

Noun

silklike \ˈsilk-​ˌlīk \ adjective

Examples of silk in a Sentence

Noun

a variety of silks and satins The robe has butterflies embroidered in silk on the sleeves. the silk of a spider's web
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

In addition, there are luxury fabrics such as silk, which is extra-fine with a brilliant sheen; satin, which is has a lustrous surface; and linen, which is very soft but has a more visible structure. Hannah Morrill, ELLE Decor, "The Best Luxury Sheets For the Perfect Night's Sleep," 15 Nov. 2018 Pilotto and De Vos crafted those symbols into a garland motif that was then woven into a jacquard of silk, cotton and viscose blend in the Como region of Italy. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "Everything That Princess Eugenie's Wedding Dress Had in Common with Meghan Markle's," 12 Oct. 2018 Upholstery, whether for curtains, pillows, or furniture, tend to favor high-end fabrics like silk, velvet, and leather, and bold pattern comes in the form of damask, plaid, or paisley. Sienna Fantozzi, House Beautiful, "Everything You Need To Know About Traditional Design," 12 Oct. 2018 It's made of made of jacquard silk, cotton, and viscose, and the intricate weaving on the top layer was done in Como, Italy. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "See Princess Eugenie's Stunning Wedding Dress by Peter Pilotto at Her Royal Wedding," 12 Oct. 2018 Come watch their high-flying acts on silks, trapezes, and more. Bethany Ao, Philly.com, "7 days of things to do in Philadelphia from June 3 to 9," 31 May 2018 Wearable art from silk kimonos to Louis Vuitton is displayed at The Textile Culture and Ukiyo-e Art Museum – Amuse Museum, where textile exhibits constantly rotate, so each visit rewards you with new views of 1500 items at a time. The Seattle Times, "From ancient to post-modern: Get art smart in Tokyo," 22 Oct. 2018 The designers used their fabric development skills to craft a custom silk jacquard for Princess Eugenie's gown, using an intricate weaving technique. Carrie Goldberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "Who Is Peter Pilotto? Meet the Designer Behind Princess Eugenie's Wedding Gown," 12 Oct. 2018 Victims also collaboratively described Perrault as someone who smoked pipes and wore silk underwear. Fox News, "Priest who fled America blamed sex abuse on cancer he didn't have, officials say," 26 Sep. 2018

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Strip away silks only and grill the ears inside their husks after a 20-minute soak in cold water. Cheryl Slocum, Country Living, "Truffle Oil, Garlic, and Parmesan Grilled Corn," 14 May 2011 Harbison, Fall 2014 His collaboration with Jim Thompson, silks that today are mostly considered for interiors not clothing, is just another example of how designers are increasingly blurring the lines between decor and fashion. Sarah Bray, ELLE Decor, "Why We're Seeing Home Fabrics On The Runways," 12 May 2014 Back in the U.S., Variety held its Power of Young Hollywood party, where Zendaya, Charli XCX, Yara Shahidi, and more walked the red (well, black) carpet in everything from Swarovski crystal suits to silk pajamas. vanityfair.com, "Week in Fashion: Rihanna Hits Crop Over," 11 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of silk

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1783, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for silk

Noun

Middle English, from Old English seolc, sioluc, probably ultimately from Greek sērikos silken — more at sericeous

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The first known use of silk was before the 12th century

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silk

noun

English Language Learners Definition of silk

: a smooth, soft, and shiny cloth that is made from thread produced by silkworms; also : the thread that is used to make silk

: the thread that is produced by a spider

: the thin strings in an ear of corn

silk

noun
\ˈsilk \

Kids Definition of silk

1 : a fine fiber that is spun by many insect larvae usually to form their cocoon or by spiders to make their webs and that includes some kinds used for weaving cloth

2 : thread, yarn, or fabric made from silk

3 : the threadlike strands that are found over the kernels of an ear of corn

silk

noun
\ˈsilk \

Medical Definition of silk 

1 : a fine continuous protein fiber produced by various insect larvae usually for cocoons especially : a lustrous tough elastic fiber produced by silkworms and used for textiles

2 : strands of silk thread of various thicknesses used as suture material in surgery surgical silk

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