vel·​ve·​teen ˌvel-və-ˈtēn How to pronounce velveteen (audio)
: a clothing fabric usually of cotton in twill or plain weaves made with a short close weft pile in imitation of velvet
velveteens plural : clothes made of velveteen

Example Sentences

a dress made from velveteen
Recent Examples on the Web That same year, Jason Momoa even wore a scrunchie on his wrist that coordinated with his pink velvet Fendi Oscars tuxedo (and the author of this story split a pair of twin leopard-print velveteen scrunchies with her then-7-year-old niece, about which both parties were equally stoked). Ashley Fetters Maloy, Washington Post, 16 Sep. 2022 From her emerald velveteen dress, which was designed by her father and sewn by her mother, to the cultural knowledge of how to grow corn to the proper way to butcher a sheep, Niagara Aveda Chanel Rockbridge needed deep knowledge of her community and family support to win Miss Navajo Nation. The Salt Lake Tribune, 19 Sep. 2021 The big plates came through with a perfectly roasted chicken in garlic sauce ($24) and a massive plate of roasted suckling pig with crispy skin and velveteen meat, enough for two at $58. Mike Sutter,, 20 Aug. 2020 Made of silk and adorned with glass grapes and violets and roses in velveteen and paper, the extravagant hat is quite heavy, something only a woman with nerve would wear. Kovie Biakolo, Smithsonian Magazine, 3 Jan. 2023 This worries the rabbit, who has let himself be convinced that his sawdust filling is cheap and unfashionable and doesn’t even know that his velveteen is, in fact, imitation velvet. Vulture, 8 Nov. 2022 The reliefs, which often included cavities lined with dark velveteen, attracted fascination and speculation. Jennifer Szalai, New York Times, 9 Nov. 2022 No one east of a Times Square three-card-monte dealer ever showed better hands than the velveteen mittens Tiafoe displayed in the win over Rublev, often taking balls early and clipping points with delicate drop shots. Kevin Paul Dupont,, 10 Sep. 2022 As velveteen-sounding woodwinds respire amid hard beats, Björk examines her place in a lineage of nurturers, peacemakers, and problem solvers. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, 21 Sep. 2022 See More

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Word History


velvet entry 1 + -een

First Known Use

1776, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of velveteen was in 1776

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“Velveteen.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jun. 2023.

Kids Definition


vel·​ve·​teen ˌvel-və-ˈtēn How to pronounce velveteen (audio)
: a fabric resembling velvet

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