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 velvet (audio) \ adjective

Examples of velvet in a Sentence

Noun She was dressed in black velvet.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Legacy West has a design that fits the bill, with velvet armchairs for seating and an Italian marble exterior façade. Maria Halkias, Dallas News, "Checking out the new Gucci store in Plano’s Legacy West," 23 Apr. 2021 While cut and uncut velvet are still woven on four original hand looms from the late 18th century, Rubelli’s Cucciago factory also has state-of-the-art electronic jacquard looms. Melissa Feldman And Parker Bowie Larson, ELLE Decor, "These 12 Family-Run Companies Are the Beating Heart of Italian Design," 22 Apr. 2021 Plush velvet furniture, antique fixtures and parquet flooring abound. Bryan Hood, Robb Report, "Brooklyn’s Ritiziest New Restaurant is Opening in the Barclays Center from the Team Behind Carbone," 21 Apr. 2021 Lady Gaga took to Instagram on Wednesday (April 21) to share a photo hanging out on a velvet couch in a luxe green outfit and big, beige sunglasses, looking at a television screen with a game controller in her hand. Rania Aniftos, Billboard, "Lady Gaga Rocks New Haus Labs Lip Product While Having a 'Game Sesh With the Homies'," 21 Apr. 2021 Bespoke, handwoven wall hangings, sourced from Italy, frame the king-size beds, while velvet textiles offer luxurious comfort, providing the ideal setting in which to unwind after a day spent exploring the grounds. Angelina Villa-clarke, Forbes, "Behind The Scenes At The Grove: Martin Hulbert Reveals His Stylish Hotel Redesign," 19 Apr. 2021 Why would a snail need to wear a velvet top hat on its shell? Naomi Fry, The New Yorker, "The Low-Key Carter-Era Pleasures of “The Muppet Show”," 17 Apr. 2021 The bar top is fashioned from layers of marble and granite, and the upholstered bar front is gold crushed velvet. San Diego Union-Tribune, "East Village’s Neighborhood restaurant gets a $2M reboot — plus a hidden bar," 16 Apr. 2021 Delicate lace layers, brightly colored feather and fur accents, and exquisitely tailored velvet suits in jewel tones made these ensembles something thoroughly glamorous. Shannon Carlin, refinery29.com, "Gucci & Balenciaga Teamed Up On The Runway — But Don’t Call It A Collaboration," 15 Apr. 2021 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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“Velvet.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/velvet. Accessed 6 May. 2021.

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velvet

noun

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
2 : velvety

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