velvet

noun
vel·​vet | \ ˈvel-vət How to pronounce velvet (audio) \

Definition of velvet

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a clothing and upholstery fabric (as of silk, rayon, or wool) characterized by a short soft dense warp pile
2a : something suggesting velvet
b : a characteristic (such as softness or smoothness) of velvet
3 : the soft vascular skin that envelops and nourishes the developing antlers of deer
4a : the winnings of a player in a gambling game
b : a profit or gain beyond ordinary expectation

velvet

adjective

Definition of velvet (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : made of or covered with velvet also : clad in velvet
2 : resembling or suggesting velvet : velvety a velvet voice

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Other Words from velvet

Noun

velvetlike \ ˈvel-​vət-​ˌlīk How to pronounce velvetlike (audio) \ adjective

Examples of velvet in a Sentence

Noun She was dressed in black velvet.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The once laughable — New Yorkers waiting patiently in quiet, complaint-free lines, without a velvet rope or celebrity chef in sight — is now the everyday. Michael Wilson, New York Times, "Why Driving in New York City Now Feels ‘Post-Apocalyptic’," 17 May 2020 But these sick bees may slip past the velvet rope by simply being nicer to the guards, reports Science. Alex Fox, Smithsonian Magazine, "Honey Bee Virus Tricks Hive Guards Into Admitting Sick Intruders," 30 Apr. 2020 To feel the petals of her African violets, velvet on my fingers. Lauren Depino, New York Times, "The Persistence of May," 8 May 2020 Family Room The sofa and chairs are from the set of the film American Hustle, and were originally red velvet. David Nash, House Beautiful, "Shirley Robinson Creates a Family Home Full of Custom Details," 24 Apr. 2020 The velvet on the sofa weaves red, blue and taupe (colors also found in the antique rug) into a subtle paisley. Catherine Romano, WSJ, "A Victorian Ski Cottage Blanketed in Boho Style," 8 Feb. 2020 And that’s not all: The same hotel is also credited with inventing red velvet cake, Thousand Island dressing, and even eggs Benedict. Tanner Saunders, Travel + Leisure, "The Piña Colada Was Invented in This Glamorous Puerto Rican Hotel — and We Have the Original Recipe," 12 Apr. 2020 Course three is a choice of strawberry cheesecake, chocolate raspberry mousse or a classic red velvet cake. Polly Campbell, Cincinnati.com, "Restaurant specials to make your Valentine's Day date special," 6 Feb. 2020 Dessert options include pumpkin pie, apple croustade, chocolate velvet cake and cheesecake. Leeanne Griffin, courant.com, "These Connecticut restaurants are serving Thanksgiving dinner so you don’t have to cook," 4 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The scrunchie girls will love the sleek and luxe satin and velvet options. Shalwah Evans, Essence, "Pattern By Tracee Ellis Ross Launches Line Of Hair Accessories," 13 May 2020 Elsa Elbert recommends velvet hangers if space is an issue or wood hangers if there’s room. Patricia Doherty, Travel + Leisure, "12 Home Cleaning Hacks From Hotel Housekeeping and Professional Organizers," 5 May 2020 The Kempinski’s rooms are modern, though the lobby is outfitted with marble floors and velvet furniture. Kate Krader, Bloomberg.com, "Forget Palaces and Art, Let’s Go to Vienna for the Cake and Wine," 5 May 2020 The model herself wore their velvet tuxedo jacket, a Polo Bear sweater, and an incredible smokey eye. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "Taylor Hill Hosted a Cozy Holiday Dinner for Ralph Lauren at the Polo Bar," 9 Dec. 2019 With its infinite white corridors and oddball patients, including an amateur astrologer in a velvet robe, the hospital is akin to an asylum. Jeremy Lybarger, The New York Review of Books, "The Mordant Fables of Juraj Herz," 20 Apr. 2020 The velvet ash, black walnut and cottonwood trees along Leslie Creek are important to migrating birds as well as home to two native Rio Yaqui fish species. Debra Utacia Krol, azcentral, "Feds want to open or expand hunting on 4 national wildlife refuges in Arizona," 11 Apr. 2020 Sets come with a velvet pouch, and are available in many varieties of stone, including obsidian, tiger’s eye, grey agate, and more. Popular Science, "Polyhedral gaming dice are the weapons of your imagination," 9 Apr. 2020 The personification of an iron fist in a velvet glove, Schlafly has difficulty living up to her own ideals and convictions, occasionally directing that clenched hand against herself. Inkoo Kang, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Mrs. America': TV Review," 2 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of velvet

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for velvet

Noun

Middle English veluet, velvet, borrowed from Anglo-French velvet, from velu "shaggy, soft, velvety" (going back to early Medieval Latin villūtus, from Latin villus "shaggy growth of hair, cloth nap" + Late Latin -ūtus, adjective suffix) + -et -et entry 1; Latin villus, perhaps dialectal variant of vellus "plucked wool, fleece" — more at wool

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The first known use of velvet was in the 14th century

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28 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Velvet.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/velvet. Accessed 29 May. 2020.

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More Definitions for velvet

velvet

noun
How to pronounce velvet (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of velvet

: a soft type of cloth that has short raised fibers on one side

velvet

noun
vel·​vet | \ ˈvel-vət How to pronounce velvet (audio) \

Kids Definition of velvet

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a fabric with short soft raised fibers

velvet

adjective

Kids Definition of velvet (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : made of or covered with velvet

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