vel·​vety | \ ˈvel-və-tē How to pronounce velvety (audio) \

Definition of velvety

1 : having the character of velvet as in being soft, smooth, thick, or richly hued velvety hair a velvety green pasture
2 : smooth to the taste : mild a velvety wine

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Recent Examples on the Web The cake’s batter uses buttermilk for a bit of tang and goes easy on the sugar to provide some balance for the topping: a super sweet combination of velvety dates in a rich butter caramel. Tannaz Sassooni,, "Persian Upside-Down Cake: A sweet tribute to a Rosh Hashanah tradition," 11 Sep. 2019 The music has lush backing vocals, crisp beats and the velvety fluidity of Burton’s voice, which can go from a warm mid-range to a high-flying falsetto. John Adamian,, "Best bets: Our 7 picks for this week’s concerts in Connecticut," 8 Sep. 2019 Long tiers of candles burned around the piano, light poured in a velvety haze from the ceiling, and fractals purled and oozed on a screen at the back of the stage. Dan Piepenbring, The New Yorker, "The Book of Prince," 2 Sep. 2019 Best of all are the pan con tomate, a simple garlic and tomato rubbed toast, and the tortilla de patatas, a velvety potato-egg omelet. Maura Judkis,, "Hate on the Hudson (Yards): How bad can it be?," 8 Aug. 2019 The dancing, at times, is spectacular, particularly that of the voguer Jason A. Rodriguez, known as Slim Ninja: Radiating limbs transform his torso into a solid stretch of sinew and muscle, making him at once tense, velvety and effortless. New York Times, "When It Comes to Dance, ‘Pose’ Never Stands Still," 23 Aug. 2019 His natural speaking voice is deep and velvety, with a crisp private school accent. Meredith Blake,, "Matthew Macfadyen is as mortified by ‘Succession’ as you are," 12 Aug. 2019 Each contains a detail of a head of hair — waves, wisps — and each is printed in a different tonality of warm brown or velvety black. Leah Ollman,, "How one artist turns old snapshots into poetic ‘Untold Stories’," 9 July 2019 The song and video mark a more playful turn for Jorja’s music, showcasing her experimentation with more dance-centric beats and flirty lyricism without sacrificing her velvety voice and tone. Bianca Betancourt, Teen Vogue, "Jorja Smith Cruises Through the Stages of Summer in Her “Be Honest” Music Video," 16 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of velvety

1752, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for velvety

velvet entry 1 + -y entry 1

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The first known use of velvety was in 1752

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English Language Learners Definition of velvety

: soft and smooth


vel·​vety | \ ˈvel-və-tē How to pronounce velvety (audio) \

Kids Definition of velvety

: soft and smooth velvety skin

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