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 silk (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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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Because the opera was an evening event, women would forego hats, and the length of skirts (long) meant that stockings (made of silk) and shoes (likely narrow, pointed and with just a small heel) were unlikely to be seen. New York Times, "Undine Spragg’s Life in Objects," 26 Jan. 2021 Here’s to perfect hair thanks to the silk pillowcase and rested eyes with my adorable pink mask! Janell M. Hickman-kirby, Good Housekeeping, "The Coworker Beauty Gift Exchange That's Sure to Spread Holiday Cheer," 4 Dec. 2020 Always use the care instructions as your guide, but in most instances, bleaching wool, silk, mohair, leather, spandex and non-colorfast colors is not recommended. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "How to Get Blood Out of Clothes Fast, Whether It's a Fresh or Dried Stain," 22 Jan. 2021 Perez is known for the unique shape of her linen and silk masks, many of which come with removable leashes — ranging from Cuban link chains to thicker lucite and marble chains. Eliza Huber, refinery29.com, "Jennifer Lopez Wore Going-Out PJs With 2020’s Most Useful Accessory," 23 Dec. 2020 By Serre’s estimate, their collection is 75% regenerated, with all the tees, leather, silk, and denim upcycled from existing garments or vintage things Serre bought specifically for this collection. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "Introducing Marine Serre and A$AP Rocky’s Mind-Melding, Regenerated Collection," 21 Dec. 2020 Satin and silk are popular options for men who prefer luxurious materials for loungewear. Sian Babish, chicagotribune.com, "The best loungewear for men," 19 Dec. 2020 Other fabric options include bamboo, linen, silk, and Tencel. Carsen Joenk, Popular Science, "Best sheets: Choose the right bed linens for a good night’s sleep," 18 Dec. 2020 The Portuguese ship was a tempting prize, laden with silk, gold, porcelain, spices, and many other goods. Daniel Yergin, The Atlantic, "The Ghosts Who Haunt the South China Sea," 15 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The company’s woven viscose bamboo threads are similar to silk and cashmere, offering luxury while remaining earth-friendly. Jean Chen Smith, Cincinnati.com, "How to create a quarantine-ready home sanctuary," 13 May 2020 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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Time Traveler for silk

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

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Last Updated

19 Feb 2021

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“Silk.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/silk. Accessed 1 Mar. 2021.

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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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