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 Merlot, with its soft, velvety plum flavor, is one of the world’s most popular red wines. Mélissa Godin, Time, "'The Taste of Bordeaux Is Going to Change.' Under Threat From Climate Change and Coronavirus, French Winemakers Try Experimenting," 22 May 2020 Pools of rich velvety light fill the small plaza, red and blue like fire and ice. Roger Naylor, azcentral, "When stay at home ends: This Arizona neon sign park glows nightly. Here's how to see it," 20 Apr. 2020 Nitro cold brew adds some extra flair—the coffee is infused with nitrogen, giving it a velvety, creamy, foamy texture, not unlike a Guinness. Alex Erdekian, Condé Nast Traveler, "What You Need to Make 15 of the Best Coffee Drinks from Around the World," 16 Apr. 2020 Ideas from The Times on what to read, cook, watch, play and listen to while staying safe At Home. Incense burns, the dominant color is a velvety jade green, and the single Indian servant wears a turban. J. Hoberman, New York Times, "A Mesmerizing ‘India Song,’ Pulpy and Austere," 15 Apr. 2020 As the sun went down, the trees stood out like shadows against a velvety sky. Alison Fox, Travel + Leisure, "This Dreamy Island in Indonesia Lights Up With Hundreds of Fireflies at Night," 4 Mar. 2020 At its most basic, congee is made from nothing more than rice and water, simmered long and slow until the grains burst and release their starch, which turns the cooking liquid into a soft and velvety broth. Melissa Clark, New York Times, "When Making Congee, a Little Rice Goes a Long Way," 6 May 2020 But here, the very water the pasta is cooked in seasons the noodles and becomes the velvety sauce. Ali Slagle, New York Times, "How to Make One-Pot Pasta With Practically Any Pasta," 20 Apr. 2020 An enchilada sampler upped the ante with five on the same plate, going from cheesy Tex-Mex to shredded chicken variations with tangy tomatillo verde, velvety brown mole, creamy poblano sauce and light tomato ranchera. Mike Sutter,, "Review: La Hacienda Scenic Loop adds a sturdy link in the Barrios family’s chain of San Antonio Mexican restaurants," 26 Dec. 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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“Velvety.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jan. 2021.

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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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