ve·​lour və-ˈlu̇r How to pronounce velour (audio)
variants or velours
plural velours və-ˈlu̇rz How to pronounce velour (audio)
often attributive
: 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
: 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 Other fabrics within this category include many rayon, corduroy, velvet and velour weaves, Norman adds. Helen Carefoot, Washington Post, 1 Feb. 2024 The brocade blazer comes in a striking green velour fabric with exaggerated shoulders, showcasing Jaiteh’s flare for drama in his work. Kerane Marcellus, Essence, 17 Jan. 2024 Reynolds rocked a pair of cozy bedroom slippers with his ensemble, which featured a velour suit jacket, waistcoat, white button-down shirt and a striped gray tie underneath along with a pair of matching black pants. Julia Moore, Peoplemag, 8 Jan. 2024 Halle showed off her bare bump in a black sports bra and dark gray joggers, while Chloe rocked a cropped black velour tracksuit and black corset. Nathan Vinson, Peoplemag, 22 Jan. 2024 Singer Chloe, 25, meanwhile, wears a cropped black velour tracksuit and black corset. Kirsty Hatcher, Peoplemag, 18 Jan. 2024 Channel your inner Paris Hilton (or, for a more modern bent, Ice Spice) with Juicy Couture velour sweatsuits, miniskirts, lip gloss, and pink. Sarah Spellings, Vogue, 12 Dec. 2023 The piece first appeared in the 1930s but didn’t emerge as a major trend until the ’70s, during the disco era: The upper thigh-grazing shorts were designed in all sorts of luxe fabrics, from velour to lamé. Christian Allaire, Vogue, 17 Dec. 2023 For this pivotal foray, the duo debuted a velour long-sleeve black mini dress unzipped at the front. Kerane Marcellus, Essence, 7 Dec. 2023 See More

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1794, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of velour was in 1794

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Cite this Entry

“Velour.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition


ve·​lour və-ˈlu̇(ə)r How to pronounce velour (audio)
: a fabric resembling velvet

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