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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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 This one also comes with a removable velour cover that is machine washable. Fiza Pirani, ajc, "11 gadgets and gizmos every Atlanta commuter needs," 22 June 2018 This super absorbent, 100 percent cotton velour towel is not only fetchingly colorful but a must have for quick clean-ups and dry-offs. Karen Campbell,, "Picnics with pizzazz," 5 June 2018 And while the velour separates and silver lamé jumpsuits of the Robinson clan have since been traded in for more practical, contemporary apparel, the nostalgic allure of their 1960s intergalactic wardrobe remains. Alice Bell, Vogue, "Lost in Space Is Back! Why the Series’ Iconic Space Age Fashion Remains Relevant Today," 13 Apr. 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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English Language Learners Definition of velour

: a type of cloth that resembles velvet

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