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Definition of velveteen

1 : a clothing fabric usually of cotton in twill or plain weaves made with a short close weft pile in imitation of velvet
2 velveteens plural : clothes made of velveteen

Examples of velveteen in a Sentence

a dress made from velveteen
Recent Examples on the Web Coates, now 52, was an intimidating mix of size (6 feet 5 inches, 245 pounds), speed, violent blocking, velveteen hands, and ferocious after-the-catch determination. Kevin Paul Dupont,, 13 Nov. 2021 Costumer Jonathan Anderson keeps the pair in sumptuous, glittering gowns — including a pair of stretchy velveteen dresses that seem to have mated with I.M. Pei’s pyramids. Helen Shaw, Vulture, 24 Sep. 2021 Clemens’s work often pays subtle homage to street retail, with its gold chains pinned in lines on red velveteen cushions and sundresses on headless Styrofoam mannequins. Emily Witt, The New Yorker, 9 Mar. 2020 Tweeds, tartan plaids, velveteen, wool jersey, corduroy, fake furs are the important fabric news. San Diego Union-Tribune, 27 Aug. 2019 More will follow in her stead, surely, in frocks and velveteen coats, leaving Marc Jacobs’s stores with the pockets stuffed with stickers and key rings and fabulous little things. Steff Yotka, Vogue, 30 May 2019 The audience — Arab couples, Western tourists, as many women as men — watched from red velveteen booths, utterly entranced. Declan Walsh, New York Times, 8 July 2018 Equally as impressive, but more velveteen, with brighter acidity and fresher suggestions of strawberries, cherries and walnuts, was the La Prevostura 2013 Lessona ($50), which while largely nebbiolo also includes 5 percent vespolina. Mike Dunne, sacbee, 16 Jan. 2018 Making their way to the velveteen seats at Lincoln Center’s David H. Koch Theater was a stylish mix of all ages—Maggie Gyllenhaal, who stunned in a scarlet gown, and Liya Kebede, who had her daughters in tow. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, 19 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of velveteen

1776, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for velveteen

velvet entry 1 + -een

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The first known use of velveteen was in 1776

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“Velveteen.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of velveteen

: a fabric usually of cotton that resembles velvet

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