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



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

Other Words from velvet


velvetlike \ ˈvel-​vət-​ˌlīk How to pronounce velvet (audio) \ adjective

Examples of velvet in a Sentence

Noun She was dressed in black velvet.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Caramel tones on reproduction commodes complement a pair of sofas covered in pale blue velvet. Krissa Rossbund, Better Homes & Gardens, 5 May 2022 The subdued style of Kate Moss in a velvet Le Smoking tuxedo dress, with her hair blown back and carefree, or Hailey Bieber in a white halter dress that fell to a slip of ice white and wrapped in a marabou feather cape, looked free and cool. Rachel Tashjian, Harper's BAZAAR, 3 May 2022 This handsome wingback chair is a knockout, upholstered in stunning sapphire blue velvet and finished with eye-catching contrast piping. Rachel Klein, Popular Mechanics, 30 Apr. 2022 The sofas, ottoman, tables, pendants, and throw are by Apparatus; the rug by Stark; the curtains are in a Decortex velvet; and the antique Japanese embroidered artwork is from Sutter Antiques. Camille Okhio, ELLE Decor, 20 Apr. 2022 Shortly after, viewers catch their first glimpse of Kate, a mysterious woman in a black velvet hooded cape galloping fiercely across a meadow. ELLE, 19 Apr. 2022 Acne Studios showed the piece in snakeskin for spring 2021; Alexandre Vauthier offered an incarnation with a low decolletage; Burberry went for an oversized style; and Batsheva crafted one in rich lime green velvet. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, 13 Apr. 2022 The iSA one-piece also comes in a solid red crushed-velvet as well as in two different swirling patterns. Whitney Perry, Glamour, 21 Mar. 2022 In a pair of side-by-side photos shared to her account, Hayek poses for photos on the red carpet in a stunning velvet Gucci gown with black lace details. Greta Bjornson,, 16 Mar. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective 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,, 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 Sets come with a velvet pouch, and are available in many varieties of stone, including obsidian, tiger’s eye, grey agate, and more. Popular Science, 9 Apr. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of velvet


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for velvet


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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vel·​vet | \ ˈvel-vət How to pronounce velvet (audio) \

Kids Definition of velvet

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a fabric with short soft raised fibers



Kids Definition of velvet (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : made of or covered with velvet
2 : velvety

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