silk·​en | \ ˈsil-kən How to pronounce silken (audio) \

Definition of silken

1 : made or consisting of silk
2 : resembling silk: such as
a : soft, lustrous
b(1) : agreeably smooth : harmonious a silken voice
3a : dressed in silk silken ankles
b : having a richly luxurious quality the same silken surroundings encountered at the restaurant's far more expensive evening meal— Elaine Tait

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Examples of silken in a Sentence

the silken texture of the synthetic fabric she was unaccustomed to living in such silken surroundings
Recent Examples on the Web Rimsky-Korsakov uses his gifts as an orchestrator to move from setting to dreamy setting, smartly using the solo violin — played with a silken virtuosity by concertmaster Jeff Thayer — as a motivic emcee over the course of the piece. Luke Schulze, San Diego Union-Tribune, 9 May 2022 The movement of her silken fabrics is exquisite to watch, in particular on the oversized button-down top. Lauren Puckett-pope, ELLE, 4 Feb. 2022 The blast of high heat from the broiler intensifies and concentrates the flavor of fruit, fast; a small amount of sabayon gives it a luxurious, silken quality. Aleksandra Crapanzano, WSJ, 20 Jan. 2022 For those wanting a protein boost in their eggnog, Finestone also suggests adding some silken or soft tofu, then blending the mixture to create a thicker and smoother beverage. Magdalena O'neal, Sunset Magazine, 10 Dec. 2021 The solution to the vegan banh mi turned out to be basil pesto, peanut sauce for a silken texture, and smoked oyster mushrooms seasoned in soy sauce. The New Yorker, 29 Oct. 2021 Soom, made from Ethiopian white humera sesame, is the preferred brand of chefs for its silken texture and rich sesame flavor., 11 Oct. 2021 Then, after a nod to Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark, Craig appeared in a silken white robe and blond wig as Fay Wray in a black-and-white rendition of King Kong, complete with a giant ape hand appearing behind him. Dan Heching,, 9 Oct. 2021 My sense is that the restaurant that served me a silken dark chocolate budino with salted butterscotch mousse and smoked peanut brittle will impress current diners with sweet corn pots de crème offered with lavender polenta cookies and burned honey. Washington Post, 6 Aug. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of silken

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

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17 May 2022

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“Silken.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 May. 2022.

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silk·​en | \ ˈsil-kən How to pronounce silken (audio) \

Kids Definition of silken

1 : made of or with silk a silken scarf
2 : having a soft and smooth look or feel silken hair

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