velvet

noun
vel·​vet | \ ˈvel-vət \

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 \ adjective

Examples of velvet in a Sentence

Noun

She was dressed in black velvet.

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

After Trisha Yearwood and Dennis Quaid announced the Cry Pretty singer's name, Carrie accepted her award in a royal blue velvet gown. Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, "Carrie Underwood Gave the Most Emotional CMA Awards Acceptance Speech," 15 Nov. 2018 The Snow Ball is a white, hexagonal cat pod that looks like a little igloo, with a soft velvet shell, fluffy fur trim and white-on-white snowflake lining. Bree Coven Foster, The Seattle Times, "Best pet gifts for your four-legged friends," 14 Nov. 2018 The best sit-down-and-check-Instagram spot is right by the bathrooms, where Johnston Marklee have installed their reinterpretation of the hexagonal velvet ottoman from the Menil House. Alexandra Lange, Curbed, "A museum grows in Houston," 1 Nov. 2018 For a more formal NYE fête, dress things up with a classic silhouette in luxurious textures like velvet or tulle. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "6 Chic New Years Eve Outfit Ideas," 17 Dec. 2018 To achieve this, mix animal accents such as snakeskin finishes and leopard prints with plush fabrics like velvet and shearling. Divya Bala, Harper's BAZAAR, "How to Nail Statement Style This Winter," 30 Nov. 2018 Those thick, often velvet or embellished (or sometimes both) accents made everything from frilly dresses to jeans feel a tad more precious. Glamour, "Fashion Headbands Are the Blair Waldorf–Approved Trend You'll Want to Shop Now," 31 Oct. 2018 In a cozy library, the insides of the bookcases were painted a brilliant red by Hicks, who also lined the upper walls with dark red velvet recycled from old curtains. Robert O'byrne, ELLE Decor, "Tour a Legendary Manor in Northern Ireland," 12 Oct. 2018 The bar, decorated in copious amounts of wine-red velvet, serves food all day and hosts live music performances at night, while the dinner-only restaurant is set to open in November. Andrea Whittle, Condé Nast Traveler, "The New NoMad Las Vegas Breaks the Strip Stereotype," 9 Oct. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

So, throughout the film's press tour, Lively has shown up on red carpets in all sorts of different takes on the style—velvet suits! Zoe Weiner, Glamour, "Blake Lively Wears a Skirt One Time, Makes Headlines," 22 Sep. 2018 This season, velvet ribbons in mustard yellow and deep red served as headbands, with loose ends trailing down the collection’s flowing, flowery frocks. Zoe Ruffner, Vogue, "The 8 Beauty Trends That Stole the Show on the Resort 2019 Runways," 14 June 2018 Kate's Erdem dress is the Christina blue silk-and-velvet bell-sleeve dress, which appeared on the Fall/Winter 2017 runway. Tamara Abraham, Harper's BAZAAR, "Cressida Bonas Wore a Dress Just Like Kate Middleton's to Princess Eugenie's Wedding," 12 Oct. 2018 This isn’t the first time that Blake has paired two similar styles together for one powerful ensemble; back in August, the 31-year-old chose to rock two velvet blazers, layered on top of one another for a uniquely chic vibe. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "Blake Lively Wears Sequined Dress and Matching Thigh-High Boots at Chanel Métiers d'Art Show," 9 Dec. 2018 In the painting by artist Nicky Phillips, Her Majesty is looking stoic as ever in her drop pearl earrings and dark green velvet robe. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Queen Elizabeth II's Outfit in Her New Portrait Has a Hidden Meaning," 3 Dec. 2018 Donald Glover, in a shaggy beard and velvet blazer, is a softboy. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "Calling All Softboys: There’s a Tender New Trend in Menswear," 29 Mar. 2018 Meanwhile, the Patriots quarterback added some unexpected texture to his outfit with a deep green velvet blazer over black jeans and boots. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Gisele and Tom Brady Are Twinning in Matching Suits," 1 May 2017 Under this velvet sky, expect major revelations in all interpersonal dynamics. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "What Your Sign's October 2018 Horoscope Predictions Mean for You," 30 Sep. 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 \

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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