noun, often attributive
ve·​lour | \ və-ˈlu̇r How to pronounce velour (audio) \
variants: or velours
plural velours\ və-​ˈlu̇rz How to pronounce velours (audio) \

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

Examples of velour in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Suzie Kondi is having a moment with her reboot of the velour tracksuit. Kristy Hurt,, "What Does The Future Hold For Jobs In Fashion?," 2 Apr. 2020 The Old Brooklyn couple — Katie in a simple white dress with a flare and Jeff in a blue velour suit jacket and paisley shirt — was trying to stay inside their wedding bubble amid the national emergency. Plain Dealer Staff, cleveland, "Keeping calm and carrying on: Profound changes sink in as Ohio adjusts to coronavirus," 15 Mar. 2020 Frazer HarrisonGetty Images In a new photo posted on Instagram, Kylie Jenner wears a pink velour Chanel dress from the designer's spring 1996 collection. Emily Dixon, Marie Claire, "Kylie Jenner Blended '90s and '00s Style in a Vintage Velour Chanel Dress," 3 Mar. 2020 There was no feeling like having a Baby Phat velour suit and puffer coat to match in the ‘90s and early ‘00s and now millennials and Gen X can experience the new and modernized Baby Phat. Asia Milia Ware, Teen Vogue, "Baby Phat Is Back Just In Time For The Holidays," 9 Dec. 2019 In the same sit-down, the business mogul reflected on her past style, specifically the Juicy Couture velour tracksuits she was always photographed wearing. Gabrielle Chung,, "Paris Hilton Says She Stole 'That's Hot' Catchphrase from Her Sister: 'Sorry, Nicky'," 18 Dec. 2019 Black Windsor chairs add a classic colonial note, and gold velour booths a touch of lux. Rand Richards Cooper,, "Review: A lavish new setting in Farmington for Wood-n-Tap’s consistently great but unpretentious fare," 12 Dec. 2019 For Slim that means a comfortable velour tracksuit; for Queen, a skimpy zebra-stripe slip dress and high-heeled boots. Sheri Linden, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Queen & Slim': Film Review | AFI 2019," 15 Nov. 2019 Not one for simplicity, Champagne Papi treated attendees to not one, but two outfits: an old school Los Angeles Lakers jersey and a velour tracksuit. Harmeet Kaur, CNN, "Drake knows just how to turn his birthday into a lifestyle," 24 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of velour

1794, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for velour

borrowed from French velours "velvet, velour," going back to Middle 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 -ose entry 1 — more at velvet entry 1

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The first known use of velour was in 1794

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11 Apr 2020

Cite this Entry

“Velour.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of velour

: a type of cloth that resembles velvet

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