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 \ -​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

For the interiors, Dirand took his cues from the menu: Chairs and sofas are upholstered in a rich green velvet, while geometric black lacquer tables bring to mind elements of classical Japanese design. Samantha Swenson, ELLE Decor, "This New Restaurant's Art Deco-Inspired Interiors Are as Enticing as the Menu," 2 July 2019 The cones themselves come in wild flavors like matcha, salted blue corn, birthday cake, orange dreamsicle and red velvet. Jess Fleming, Twin Cities, "St. Paul cereal bar, first of its kind in MN, will serve breakfast treat mixed with ice cream," 11 June 2019 In his first book are jellyfish that look like flowers, protists that resemble Fabergé eggs, presented like crown jewels on black velvet, the seeming cosmic vastness of the images belying their actual, microscopic size. The New York Review of Books, "Lucy Jakub," 16 Dec. 2018 Magda Butrym, meanwhile, has been working a feminine theme, with floral, ruffled dresses, voluminous shoulders, rich velvet, sweetheart necklines and cinched waists. Florence Kane, WSJ, "5 Young Designers You Should Know," 16 Aug. 2018 Pair crushed velvets with dupioni silk for a luxe look. Ap Mcclatchy, The Mercury News, "Are you a pillow lover or minimalist?," 6 June 2019 The store’s interior, filled with dark carved wooden furniture, crystal chandeliers, and heavy velvet curtains, was similar to the Stalinist concept of palaces of consumption of the 1930s. Djurdja Bartlett, Smithsonian, "When the United States and Soviet Union Fought It Out Over Fashion," 4 June 2019 Similar to YouTube’s Google Preferred program, In-Stream Reserve puts a velvet rope around Facebook’s most prized video inventory and sells it as a standalone package. Casey Newton, The Verge, "There’s a crack at the heart of Facebook’s advertising business," 4 Oct. 2018 Aqua octagonal tiles create a soothing tone in the entryway, pistachio velvet sofas add warmth to the living room and a merlot backsplash in the kitchen acts as a pop of interest. Vanessa Lawrence, ELLE Decor, "Reath Design Crafts a Bright, Elegant Home for a Young Family," 22 Mar. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

The artwork features creatures, figurative and fantasy, that are finished with acrylic washes and velvet glazes. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Brother Benno’s plans luau fundraiser," 8 July 2019 West Elm’s got a set of velvet curtains and a distressed rug in a hue called wasabi that has a golden tone. Washington Post, "Hello, yellow: Home decor’s upbeat hue should be used right," 3 July 2019 In some cases, it's been done with a hammer instead of velvet glove. NBC News, "Busing becomes focal point of Democratic primary after Biden-Harris debate exchange," 30 June 2019 Jimmy taught, fathered and raised his sons with a thundering velvet hand. orlandosentinel.com, "Deaths in Central Florida: 6/25," 25 June 2019 And not just any scrunchie but a custom pink-velvet Fendi affair to match his pink-velvet tuxedo. Jacob Gallagher, WSJ, "Do Real Men Wear Scrunchies?," 8 Apr. 2019 In fact, many extraordinary reds first found their footing in decades past: Revlon’s velvet-soft Love That Red, to name just one, took off in 1978 and has shown no signs of slowing down since. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "The 13 Best Selling Red Lipsticks of All Time," 24 Nov. 2018 This is supposed to be a warm story of big human hearts and velvet-soft ears. Petula Dvorak, Washington Post, "A plane fills with pets devastated by Puerto Rico’s hurricane. Sad and funny all at once.," 22 Jan. 2018 Add Tons of Texture Lay a cotton, canvas, or velvet pillow cover flat on your work surface. Woman's Day Staff, Woman's Day, "How to Make Your Own Accent Pillows," 19 Feb. 2018

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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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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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