silk

noun, often attributive
\ ˈsilk How to pronounce silk (audio) \

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 How to pronounce silklike (audio) \ 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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Meanwhile, Chalamet who is no stranger either to stand out red carpet looks went with a pale grey silk and satin suit by Haider Ackermann. Chrissy Rutherford, Harper's BAZAAR, "Lily Rose Depp and Timothee Chalamet Are the New Queen and King of the Red Carpet," 3 Sep. 2019 The paper was made of cloth, sometimes silk and isinglass, which is somewhat see-through and made from fish air bladders. Jonah Estess, The Conversation, "Curious Kids: Why is money green?," 29 Aug. 2019 With the help of her mother, Modupe Fatunbi, who had connections to a fabric distributor in Asia, Mrs. Olutoye picked out the colorful, patterned yards of lace and silk for each of her ensembles. Adenike Olanrewaju, New York Times, "The Fabric of Nigerian Weddings," 23 Aug. 2019 Natural fibers like wool and silk are surprisingly easy to clean, these designers say. Washington Post, "ASK A DESIGNER: Choosing the right rug for the room," 6 Aug. 2019 For her walk down the aisle, Halevi wore a custom skirt/top combo created by Australian designer Kyha, while Gunn, 45, went with a linen and silk white suite with grey stripes. Emily Strohm, PEOPLE.com, "Gilmore Girls’ Sean Gunn Marries Actress Natasha Halevi — Inside Their Picnic Wedding Ceremony!," 22 July 2019 The enlightened self hangs back in the control room, dressed in fine white silks and jewels, watching as the little rave spirit tries to find her way through the maze of capitalist distractions. Kat Bein, Billboard, "Elephant Heart Take a Spiritual Journey Into the Modern Soul With 'Lenguas': Exclusive," 11 July 2019 But as perishable as her silk and lace creations were, several of her prized gowns survived in the trunks of those who could not bear to discard a family heirloom. Jacques Kelly, baltimoresun.com, "'A leading force in shaping the sartorial identity of the city': Unraveling the threads Lottie Barton's life," 22 June 2019 Enter a world of color in the medina of Marrakech, where spices, silks, and bright silver fill the market stalls. Experience Morocco’s rich Berber heritage during evenings of desert stargazing and storytelling around a bonfire. National Geographic, "Morocco Family Journey: Ancient Souks to the Sahara," 17 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

In the end, a pink silked jockey named Javier Castellano rode City of Light in a victory that won him the the $9 million Pegasus World Cup and Chad Brown rode Bricks and Mortar to win the over $6 million prize Pegasus World Cup Turf. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, "Inside Miami's Pegasus Cup, the World’s Richest Horse Race," 1 Feb. 2019 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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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 How to pronounce silk (audio) \

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 How to pronounce silk (audio) \

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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