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

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 silklike (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 Its fabric is made of 100-percent charmeuse silk, which is good for hair and skin health. Locke Hughes, NBC News, "14 gift ideas for her: the best fitness and home gifts for women," 23 Nov. 2019 Gabriela Hearst Suit handmade from 100 percent silk, woven and sewn in Italy. Tyler Joe, Harper's BAZAAR, "8 Sustainable Looks That Make Fashion Proud," 20 Nov. 2019 Rajesh and Reddy wanted all their games to be available in various materials—cloth (silk, wool, velvet, embroidered weaves), wood (rubber and teak) and metal (brass, cast iron and in some cases, copper). Mallik Thatipalli, Quartz India, "Children once learned ethics and life lessons from board games—then PUBG came along," 13 Nov. 2019 Nylon, invented in 1935, offered a sort of synthetic silk, useful for parachutes and also stockings. Alice Bell, CNN, "Can science break its plastic addiction?," 5 Nov. 2019 In fact, a winter bride might have even more shoe options than a summer bride—classic pumps not only come in satins and silks, but also suedes and crisp patent leathers too. Madeline Fass, Vogue, "From Classic to Festive, 16 Pairs of Wedding Shoes for the Winter Bride-to-Be," 31 Oct. 2019 There were jeans, linens, silks, velvets, and cotton fabric all jumbled together. Kiara Ventura, Teen Vogue, "Artist Tschabalala Self Wants You to See Black Figures Take Up Space," 4 Oct. 2019 By the 1850s, the introduction of folding metal ribs and lighter materials, like silk, reduced the weight and cost of the umbrella, transforming it into an essential component of the wardrobes of middle-class and upper-class women. Jonathan Coopersmith, Quartzy, "Americans are not using umbrellas as they were intended," 14 Sep. 2019 Antique silks were the inspiration for Florim’s Filati di Rex collection, comprised of floral, jacquard, baroque and geometric patterns drawn from the renowned Italian fabric house Rubelli. Washington Post, "`Like theater in tile form’: Tile’s patterns, designs expand," 13 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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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2 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Silk.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/silks. Accessed 7 December 2019.

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More Definitions for silk

silk

noun
How to pronounce silk (audio)

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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