noun, often attributive
ve·​lour | \ və-ˈlu̇r How to pronounce velour (audio) \
variants: or velours
plural velours\ və-​ˈlu̇rz How to pronounce velour (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 The dark green velvet velour steering wheel is a particular success. Jeremy White, Wired, 26 July 2022 One standout was a leather jacket with broad, rounded shoulders (something Julia Fox, who sat front row, would definitely wear), another was an impeccably fit pink bodycon velour set of separates styles as a catsuit. José Criales-unzueta, Vogue, 27 June 2022 The headband is padded and the earpads are upholstered in soft velour and are easily replaced by the user. Mark Sparrow, Forbes, 2 June 2022 Made from cotton velour, this stunning luxury beach towel is more than just a pretty beach accessory—during testing, the Anthropologie Out to Sea beach towel stood out for its softness and absorption. Samantha Jones, Better Homes & Gardens, 29 Apr. 2022 Up next was the teal velour tracksuit from Juicy Couture that Lohan wore to the Neil Bogart Memorial Fund's Annual Tour for a Cure in 2002. Abigail Adams,, 8 Apr. 2022 Even if velour isn’t your thing, the Ganni x Juicy Couture collection features some other Y2K-ready styles to help you time travel, including logomania dresses and halter tops. Frances Solá-santiago,, 31 Mar. 2022 The Matouk Leaping Leopard Beach Towel features a classic Schumacher cat design on a cotton velour material. Amanda Lauren, Forbes, 25 Apr. 2022 The set designer, Derek McLane, poured more red velour into his work than Broadway ever had seen. Chris Jones,, 16 Mar. 2022 See More

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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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6 Aug 2022

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“Velour.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Aug. 2022.

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