velour

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noun, often attributive ve·lour \və-ˈlu̇r\
variants: or

velours

Definition of velour

plural

velours

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  1. 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. 2 :  a fur felt (as of rabbit or nutria) finished with a long velvety nap and used especially for hats

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: 1794


VELOUR Defined for English Language Learners

velour

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Definition of velour for English Language Learners

  • : a type of cloth that resembles velvet



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