velvet

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noun

vel·​vet ˈvel-vət How to pronounce velvet (audio)
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: a clothing and upholstery fabric (as of silk, rayon, or wool) characterized by a short soft dense warp pile
2
a
: 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
4
a
: the winnings of a player in a gambling game
b
: a profit or gain beyond ordinary expectation
velvetlike adjective

velvet

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adjective

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

Examples of velvet in a Sentence

Noun She was dressed in black velvet.
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
The bed is a mix of a warm charcoal velvet and chrome, with linens in taupes and browns and a touch of green — along with two decorative pillows that each feature a white houndlike dog. Caron Golden, San Diego Union-Tribune, 23 Sep. 2023 Whimsy meets elegance in all three layers of this red velvet cheesecake wonder. Southern Living Editors, Southern Living, 22 Sep. 2023 The black velvet evening gown, which had a square neck edged with lace, puffed sleeves, and a fishtail skirt, had once belonged to Lady Ottoline. Rebecca Mead, The New Yorker, 18 Sep. 2023 The first was a black silk velvet and white silk strapless gown, while the second was an off-the-shoulder dress with a black bodice and green silk skirt. Kirsty Hatcher, Peoplemag, 15 Sep. 2023 This velvet sofa bed is such a worthwhile investment. Matthew Parker, Rolling Stone, 14 Sep. 2023 Everything inside, from floor to high ceiling, is black, with custom shelving, a velvet couch and intricate moldings on the furniture. Julissa James, Los Angeles Times, 13 Sep. 2023 Pickle Pop gave Robertson a vast canvas to show off her eye for interior design: The cavernous space has three pickleball courts in a custom dark red, a seating area filled with space-age furniture sourced from the Rose Bowl Flea Market, and sumptuous baby-blue velvet curtains cloaking the walls. Carly Olson, Los Angeles Times, 10 Sep. 2023 One of her signatures is the Red, White & Blue Crumble: red velvet, blue velvet (a play on a blueberry muffin), and butter pound cake, crumbled over soft-serve ice cream. Sarah Blaskovich, Dallas News, 7 Sep. 2023
Adjective
As promised, the pair did change for the party, with Dome opting for a slinky dress and sneakers and Lautner going with a velvet D&G suit. Aili Nahas, Peoplemag, 17 Nov. 2022 Disney is famously velvet glove, corporate, insular and cutthroat in its own ways. Cynthia Littleton, Variety, 28 Apr. 2022 The scrunchie girls will love the sleek and luxe satin and velvet options. Shalwah Evans, Essence, 13 May 2020 Elsa Elbert recommends velvet hangers if space is an issue or wood hangers if there’s room. Patricia Doherty, Travel + Leisure, 5 May 2020 The Kempinski’s rooms are modern, though the lobby is outfitted with marble floors and velvet furniture. Kate Krader, Bloomberg.com, 5 May 2020 The model herself wore their velvet tuxedo jacket, a Polo Bear sweater, and an incredible smokey eye. Elise Taylor, Vogue, 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, 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, 11 Apr. 2020 See More

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

Dictionary Entries Near velvet

Cite this Entry

“Velvet.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/velvet. Accessed 3 Oct. 2023.

Kids Definition

velvet

noun
vel·​vet
ˈvel-vət
1
: a fabric with short soft raised fibers
2
: the soft skin covering the developing antler of a deer
velvet adjective

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