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

Beyoncé, 36, wore a long-sleeve black velvet dress with an asymmetrical skirt that showed off her toned legs. Dave Quinn, PEOPLE.com, "London Calling, Again! Beyoncé and JAY-Z Return to U.K. for Date Night Between Tour Stops," 22 June 2018 The Sun reports the Suits star wore a burgundy 'Tay' velvet dress from Club Monaco for lunch at Sandringham with the Queen. Alison Caporimo, Seventeen, "Meghan Markle Wore This Pretty Velvet Dress For Her First Royal Christmas With Prince Harry," 2 Jan. 2018 The hue is an unexpected choice for the warmer months, but is particularly alluring rendered in velvet against Clooney’s dark brown hair. Edward Barsamian, Vogue, "Amal Clooney Steps Out in Her Signature Summer Color," 18 June 2018 Music from street-side patios drifts up and down the boulevard and everything is awash in the liquid velvet of neon. Roger Naylor, azcentral, "Arizona road trip: Williams has Route 66, Bearizona and cool summer fun," 15 June 2018 Leicht — Bondi finish Imagine cabinets with a soft velvet finish that welcomes touching, while also being fingerprint resistant. Jamie Gold, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Milan sends its best — for kitchen and bath," 24 May 2018 Or a model of a 1950s Greyhound Scenicruiser, more than a yard long, and a 1920s evening coat, of fuchsia velvet with gold-lame trim, from Paris? Mark Feeney, BostonGlobe.com, "A Greyhound bus, jewels, haute couture — all in a show about a remarkable collector," 13 June 2018 Glover also wore Gucci for his opening monologue in the form of a tan velvet blazer with very strong lapels, boldly worn over a tank and a Tiffany & Co gold chain. Liz Raiss, GQ, "Donald Glover's SNL Looks Were As Rad as His Performance," 7 May 2018 Flowing dresses, unique hemlines, sheer overlays and velvet added touches of sophistication throughout the brick building. Nikki Delamotte, cleveland.com, "Lakewood High School celebrates prom at Ariel International Center (photos)," 29 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Lend your space a moody element with a velvet sectional or a high-gloss statement wall. Kelsey Kloss, ELLE Decor, "7 Best Spring Home Decor Trends To Refresh Your Home," 22 Feb. 2017 Like the knights in the procession, the royals attending the ceremony dressed in a deep green velvet mantle with a white lining and star on the left side. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Prince William's Super Ornate Outfit in Scotland Is Full of Royal Symbolism," 6 July 2018 Bits of bamboo, velvet worms, and aquatic spiders also found in this amber suggest that the Cretaceous environment was a rain forest, since similar species are commonly found in wet tropical forests today. National Geographic, "World's Oldest Rain Forest Frogs Found in Amber," 14 June 2018 Olivia Palermo shone in a velvet emerald suit, tailored razor sharp for added edge. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, "Alec Baldwin, Katie Holmes, Jeremy Irons, and More Turn Out for the American Ballet Theatre’s Spring Gala," 22 May 2018 Every item — brocade sofas, velvet upholstered chairs, metal hinges, parquet de Versailles floors — is period perfect; Smith will brook no interruption of his rococo illusion. Nancy Hass, New York Times, "In the Heart of Louisiana, One Man’s Impossibly Ornate Home," 8 May 2018 Update: Givenchy shared another look at the campaign on their Instagram, with Kendall reclining on a velvet chair alongside Boscono, Julia Nobis and Bochert. Tara Lamont-djite, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kendall Jenner Stars in Givenchy Campaign," 17 June 2014 The 114 looks consisted of velvet dresses, capes, and crosses, harking to the Catholic dignitaries that are said to be buried in the necropolis. Mara Balagtas, Condé Nast Traveler, "Why Gucci Chose a UNESCO World Heritage Site for Its 2019 Cruise Collection Show," 31 May 2018 The clutches, wristlets, and convertible shoulder bags have been rendered in teal, apricot, and bois de rose satin and velvet and feature delicate, lingerie-like linings—that is, until now. Rachel Waldman, Vogue, "Blessed Be This Holy Handbag Capsule Collection Inspired by the 2018 Met Gala," 8 May 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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