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

(2) : suave, ingratiating

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

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Even in pianissimo passagework high up in his instrument, Bell emphasized beauty of tone and silken legato line. Howard Reich,, "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,, "‘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 Madison recommends using two ounces of pureed silken tofu to replace each egg in a recipe for pancakes, muffins, quick bread or cake. The Washington Post,, "How to start teaching your kids to cook: an age-appropriate guide," 12 June 2018 Andrew Balio’s silken-toned trumpet work impressed in the second movement. Tim Smith,, "BSO shines in colorful program with Alsop, Gerstein," 2 June 2018 The chefs show that diners don’t have to give up pleasure to help reverse climate change, although the silken tofu panna cotta ($9) might have weakened that argument if other items weren’t so strong. Michael Bauer, San Francisco Chronicle, "The Perennial makes environmental activism taste good," 25 May 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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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


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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