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 Cozy looks are back in a big way, including super soft velour tracksuits! Tanya Edwards, CNN Underscored, "Stick to your resolutions with the best of Amazon’s New Year New You deals," 5 Jan. 2021 As someone with multiple velour tracksuits, this was an absolute dream come true. Marie Lodi, Glamour, "Parade Underwear Is the Most Comfortable Lingerie I've Ever Had," 9 Mar. 2021 Try this velour hoodie that’s soft, available in four neutral colors and fits slightly cropped for some serious 2000s vibes. Kiana Murden, CNN Underscored, "New Year’s Eve outfits that will have you celebrating 2021 in style," 21 Dec. 2020 The Undoing With questions swirling about the killer’s identity, Nicole Kidman is seen sweeping out of her building, in flowing red velour, to rendezvous with an older woman. Kara Baskin,, "How would Larry David handle Governor Baker’s new ‘companion appointments’?," 12 Feb. 2021 Think of loungewear as the kingdom of clothing, whereas sweats are a phylum, and a Juicy Couture-revival velour suit is a species. Sarah Spellings, Vogue, "All The Ways We Styled Sweats This Year," 23 Dec. 2020 Time to change into that cozy velour couch suit, wrap our hands around a soul-soothing mug of hot chocolate, and hit play on Four Christmases here in the Southern Living headquarters of Birmingham, Alabama. Perri Ormont Blumberg, Southern Living, "The Most Popular Christmas Movies in Every Southern State, according to IMDb," 16 Dec. 2020 Shawn Mendes, the 22-year-old Canadian folk-pop singer with the velour trill, is a bard of puppy love. Robyn Bahr, Billboard, "'Shawn Mendes: In Wonder': Film Review," 23 Nov. 2020 Shayk wore head-to-toe velour, one of the biggest trends of the new millennium. Emily Dixon, Marie Claire, "Irina Shayk Paired a Velour Tracksuit With Knee-High Stiletto Boots," 12 Nov. 2020

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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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27 Mar 2021

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“Velour.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of velour

: a type of cloth that resembles velvet

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