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

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Sel has the look of a slick Scottsdale lounge, an intimate room done in crystal and purple velour with a gently thumping soundtrack. Dominic Armato, azcentral, "The best restaurants in Scottsdale and Paradise Valley," 1 July 2019 The driveway is stained purple concrete, and the home theater is lined in purple velour. Katherine Clarke, WSJ, "Caribbean Estate Formerly Owned by Prince Sells for $10.8 Million," 19 June 2019 In an airy Denver cafe populated almost entirely by young people staring at laptops, Travis Tyler Fluck—dressed in an orange velour jacket, over which is draped a thin braided lock of hair—takes out his phone and pulls up Craigslist. Matt Simon, WIRED, "The Heady, Thorny Journey to Decriminalize Magic Mushrooms," 10 June 2019 Yesterday, her monochrome moment came in the form of a Gen Z-yellow tracksuit that read like an elevated nod to the classic 2000s-era Juicy Couture velour set. Edward Barsamian, Vogue, "Hailey Baldwin Takes Airport Style to the Next Level in The Gen Z-Yellow Tracksuit," 23 July 2018 During Paris couture week in 2016, buzzy fashion house Vetements showed a velour Juicy Couture tracksuit on the runway. Jenna Rosenstein, Harper's BAZAAR, "Is it 2005? Because Juicy Couture Is Launching a Makeup Line," 26 Sep. 2018 Most of her looks are casual, like cut-off jean shorts and white tanks, but there is a standout in the mix: that bubblegum pink Juicy Couture velour tracksuit. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "Relive All the Best Fashion From Jennifer Lopez’s Iconic Music Videos," 20 Aug. 2018 The velour tracksuit, the item that made Tommy Hilfiger certain that Sean John would be a success, all the way back in 1998, was worn by Rihanna almost 20 years later. Cam Wolf, GQ, ""He Was the Ultimate Creative Director": The Oral History of Sean John, Diddy's Game-Changing Clothing Label," 20 Mar. 2018 The model selected a black velour Juicy Couture sweatsuit. Colleen Kratofil,, "Bella Hadid Crashes a High School Prom Wearing a Black Juicy Tracksuit," 26 June 2018

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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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: a type of cloth that resembles velvet

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