Definition of velour
1 : any of various fabrics with a pile or napped surface resembling velvet used in heavy weights for upholstery and curtains and in lighter weights for clothing; also : the article of clothing itself
2 : a fur felt (as of rabbit or nutria) finished with a long velvety nap and used especially for hats
Recent Examples of velour from the Web
Many trees wear a thick coating of moss — often sprouting a symbiotic plumage of ferns — that gives the whole woods a look of being upholstered in soft velour.
On the stage, Leon, in an ochre velour Opening Ceremony polo and forest-green pants, consulted with the ballerina Tiler Peck (no relation to Justin) about her costume.
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Origin and Etymology of velour
borrowed from French velours “velvet, velour,” going back to Medieval French velours, velour, altered (after loss of final consonants and reintroduction of r) from Old French velous, probably (through a northern dialectal outcome) going back to a nominal derivative of Latin villōsus “shaggy, hairy,” from villus “shaggy hair, cloth nap” + -ōsus 1-ose — more at 1velvet
First Known Use: 1794See Words from the same year
VELOUR Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of velour for English Language Learners
: a type of cloth that resembles velvet
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