silken

adjective
silk·​en | \ ˈsil-kən \

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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Synonyms & Antonyms for silken

Synonyms

cottony, downy, satin, satiny, silklike, silky, soft, velvetlike, velvety

Antonyms

coarse, harsh, rough, scratchy

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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

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Popular dishes include yellowfin tuna with sea urchin and silken tofu or Champagne lobster with French toast and Sterling caviar. Sophie Davies, Condé Nast Traveler, "29 Best Restaurants in Sydney," 14 Mar. 2018 Jellied cranberry sauce goes through much the same process, but it is heavily strained, removing elements of nature — skin, seeds — that would impede its perfect, silken texture. Rachel Sugar, Vox, "Canned cranberry sauce, explained," 21 Nov. 2018 Visiting his son in prison, Leo is at his silken ease delivering the barest murmur of regret over Jack’s arrest for his mother’s murder, and noting that his crime was, of course, not surprising, given his delinquent nature. Dorothy Rabinowitz, WSJ, "‘Ordeal by Innocence’ Review: A Suspect in the Family," 9 Aug. 2018 Even in pianissimo passagework high up in his instrument, Bell emphasized beauty of tone and silken legato line. Howard Reich, chicagotribune.com, "CSO at Ravinia review: Marin Alsop poetically launches Bernstein tribute," 13 July 2018 But her brilliant asides, combined with the silken movement of each testament’s ceding to the next, also give us the feeling of watching a deep, cold river. Joan Frank, SFChronicle.com, "‘Kudos,’ by Rachel Cusk," 6 July 2018 Some say she was strangled with a silken cord while praying, and others claim she was smothered between two feather mattresses. Anne Thériault, Longreads, "Queens of Infamy: Joanna of Naples," 3 July 2018 Jumping spider Jumping spiders also do not tend to spin webs, instead making silken shelters under leaves or bark, according to MSU's website. Caroline Blackmon, Detroit Free Press, "5 of Michigan's scariest-looking spiders: What to know," 25 June 2018 My current favorite gloss is this one from Glossier, which lasts a lot longer and is way less sticky, with a luxe, silken texture. Jasmine Sanders, The Cut, "How to Look Perfect in the Summer," 21 June 2018

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First Known Use of silken

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

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

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silken

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of silken

: made of silk or a cloth that is like silk
: smooth, soft, and shiny like silk
of food : smooth, soft, and rich

silken

adjective
silk·​en | \ ˈsil-kən \

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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