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.

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My mother’s skin, porcelain and petal-velvet, had been a point of pride. Rachel Vorona Cote, SELF, "Why I Embraced Skin Care After My Mother's Death," 18 Apr. 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 The envious dessert, which was made with goat cheese and strawberry balsamic, organic red velvet, carrot, and chocolate hazelnut, will be showcased on the June 25 episode of Cake Hunters. Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, "Everything You Should Know About Property Brother Drew Scott and Linda Phan's Wedding," 5 June 2018 For the night out, Meghan wore a navy blue Victoria Beckham coat paired with Hatch maternity denim, and velvet Tamara Mellon boots. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Meghan Markle Steps Out in NYC in a Victoria Beckham Coat and Hatch Jeans," 20 Feb. 2019 With the mega discount, the cost of a lipstick and liner duo drops down from $29 to $14.50 for matte kits and $13.50 for velvets. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "Kylie Jenner's Famous Lip Kits Are 50% Off Right Now on the Kylie Cosmetics Website," 31 Jan. 2019 Our clubby library has a luminous David Hicks wallpaper on the ceiling and features a fringed sofa in a decadent Proustian velvet. Simon Doonan, ELLE Decor, "Jonathan Adler and Simon Doonan Give Their Greenwich Village Home a Glitz Makeover," 8 Mar. 2019 In pictures from the October 1990 screening at the Museum of Modern Art of Made in Milan, Martin Scorsese's documentary on the designer, Radziwill can be seen, beaming between the two men, in perfectly fitted black velvet. Stellene Volandes, Town & Country, "How Lee Radziwill Become the Ultimate Fashion Muse," 19 Feb. 2019 While she is currently nominated for her performance in Eighth Grade, Elsie made quite a splash thanks to her KENZO bespoke red velvet suit that was perfect for her first red carpet of the awards show season. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "“Eighth Grade”’s Elsie Fisher Rocked The Prom Suit Of Your Dreams at the 2019 Golden Globes," 7 Jan. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

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 Meanwhile, Hemsworth looked dapper in a black suit with a bowtie and velvet lapels. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth Are the Hottest Couple at the Oscars After Party," 25 Feb. 2019 The result was a resplendent red wonderland with leather couches, velvet curtains, chandeliers, and Gucci wallpaper. Vogue, "These Are the 6 Gucci-Approved Places to Travel in 2019," 22 Jan. 2019 At the time, Miley wore playful, pastel tweed separates by the French fashion house and Liam went monochrome in deep green with a velvet blazer. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth Are the Hottest Couple at the Oscars After Party," 25 Feb. 2019 For his part, Joe Alwyn opted for what appears to be a velvet tuxedo jacket designed by Tom Ford. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "The Favourite's Nicholas Hoult Just Arrived at the Oscars with His Co-Star Joe Alwyn," 24 Feb. 2019 Luxe motifs like gold fixtures and frames, oversize mirrors, wide stripes, and velvet keep all the pinks from feeling frilly. Kaitlin Menza, House Beautiful, "Janie Molster Strongly Believes There is No Such a Thing as Too Much Pink," 6 Feb. 2019 Take her lavish midnight blue velvet robe from 1996 and a lavender dress of princess proportions in 1999. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "The Unsung Red Carpet Heroes of the ’90s Golden Globes," 4 Jan. 2019 The burgundy velvet fabric comes from Kravet Couture. Adrienne Gaffney, WSJ, "An Oscar-Worthy Home Theater in the Family Basement," 16 Jan. 2019

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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

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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