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

Examples of velvet in a Sentence

Noun She was dressed in black velvet.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun With crystal chandeliers and worn red-velvet chairs, these establishments have the charm of times past. Rick Steves, USA TODAY, "The Danube River trifecta: Vienna, Bratislava and Budapest," 28 Nov. 2019 Professional stylists and at-home DIY-ers have found new, creative, and flattering ways to interpret this rich, cool shade of red, whether it's mulled wine, red velvet, or cranberry. Allure, "15 Beautiful Burgundy Hair-Color Ideas That Feel Fresh and Modern," 16 May 2019 Lively went all out for the New York screening, delivering old school Hollywood glamour in floor-length black velvet, as Entertainment Tonight reports. Emily Dixon, Marie Claire, "Blake Lively Channeled Vintage Glamour for Her First Red Carpet Since the Birth of Her Third Child," 28 Jan. 2020 The velvet and silk design featured lace accents and more than 8,000 glass beads. Peoplestyle, PEOPLE.com, "Editors' Picks: Our Favorite Looks at the 2020 Golden Globes," 6 Jan. 2020 The flavor is a combination of red velvet, Oreo cookies and cream with chocolate chips. Briana Rice, Cincinnati.com, "Graeter's UC-inspired 'Boldly Bearcat' ice cream now available in stores and online," 2 Jan. 2020 Chicago Gaze at the saturated color—deep scarlet, textured like velvet, with swirls of gray. Edward Rothstein, WSJ, "‘Eternal Light: The Sacred Stained-Glass Windows of Louis Comfort Tiffany’ Review: A Vibrant, Luminous Faith," 30 Dec. 2019 Stripped of velvet, the rack scored 198 3/8, good enough for top 10 Pope & Young. The Editors, Field & Stream, "The 20 Best Bucks of the Decade," 27 Dec. 2019 While the plastic in and glue on decorative bows and ribbons gums up the recycling process, plain wrapping paper is recyclable—as long as it’s not covered in velvet, glitter, or metallic trimming and doesn’t have too much ink. Jennifer Leman, Popular Mechanics, "Let's Have Some Fun and Calculate the Carbon Footprint of Christmas," 19 Dec. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Arriving on the red carpet, the pop princess looked every bit the part of music royalty in a dramatic, voluminous gray gown by Giambattista Valli and matching velvet opera gloves. Glenn Rowley, Billboard, "Yep, Ariana Grande Wore Three Different Gowns at the Grammys: See the Stunning Looks," 27 Jan. 2020 On other nights, D.J.s and bartenders are brought into the basement club, the Mailroom, which is both where residents pick up their mail and an underground bar with velvet couches and walnut paneling. Matthew Haag, New York Times, "WeWork Planned a Residential Utopia. It Hasn’t Turned Out That Way.," 13 Oct. 2019 Moreover, like many endemic insect and arthropod species, velvet worms are highly local. Helen Sullivan, New York Times, "Some of Australia’s Smallest Species Could Be Lost to Wildfires," 9 Jan. 2020 The collection features figure-hugging crushed velvet fabric in lime green, overcast grey, and atomic pink. Nandi Howard, Essence, "KITH And Frankies Bikinis Are Releasing A Capsule Collection," 26 Nov. 2019 Now based on Via di Monserrato, her space stocks textile-heavy dresses and embroidered velvet box jackets, as well as Syrian fabrics from her travels. Andrea Whittle, Condé Nast Traveler, "Vintage Shops, Markets, and Home Goods Stores to Visit in Rome Right Now," 17 Dec. 2019 This includes velvet pants, cozy turtlenecks, and more. Courtney Campbell, USA TODAY, "10 incredible holiday sales with free shipping this weekend," 14 Dec. 2019 The groom wore a black tuxedo with matching velvet accessories and a feather boutonniere. New York Times, "When ‘Low-Key’ Meets ‘Adventurous’," 13 Dec. 2019 Inspired by masquerade balls, the new fall and winter collection includes eveningwear such as a pink tulle ballgown, velvet blazer and pants, and a delicate pink beaded bolero. Los Angeles Times, "H&M unveils its sustainable fall and winter 2019 Conscious Exclusive collection," 17 Sep. 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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20 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Velvet.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/velvetlike. Accessed 21 Feb. 2020.

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velvet

noun
How to pronounce velvet (audio)

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

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