silken

adjective

silk·​en ˈsil-kən How to pronounce silken (audio)
1
: made or consisting of silk
2
: resembling silk: such as
a
b(1)
: agreeably smooth : harmonious
a silken voice
3
a
: dressed in silk
silken ankles
b
: having a richly luxurious quality
the same silken surroundings encountered at the restaurant's far more expensive evening mealElaine Tait

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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Word History

First Known Use

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

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

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“Silken.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/silken. Accessed 23 Feb. 2024.

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silken

adjective
silk·​en ˈsil-kən How to pronounce silken (audio)
1
: made of or with silk
2
: resembling silk especially in soft smooth feel
3
: pleasantly smooth
a silken voice

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