vel·vety | \ˈvel-və-tē \

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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Synonyms & Antonyms for velvety


cottony, downy, satin, satiny, silken, silklike, silky, soft, velvetlike


coarse, harsh, rough, scratchy

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This stately mansion is the work of the ace set designer Christine Jones and has been shrouded in beckoning, velvety and inventively concealing shadows by Neil Austin’s lighting. Ben Brantley, New York Times, "Review: ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’ Raises the Bar for Broadway Magic," 22 Apr. 2018 Reduce heat to medium-low and cook, whisking occasionally, until smooth and velvety, about 10 minutes. Chris Morocco, Bon Appetit, "BA's Best Lasagna," 19 Mar. 2018 The stracciatella — a velvety base with shards of chocolate - went into my cone. Lauren Delgado,, "Take a break from steamy summer with cool, creamy gelato," 12 July 2018 For moodier eye looks, there’s Punked — a smoky, velvety palette filled with nudes, mauves, and purples. Macaela Mackenzie, Allure, "Smashbox Teamed Up with Influencer Jasmine Sanders to Launch 7 New Mini Eye Palettes," 11 July 2018 The eggs were ideally cooked, the hollandaise sauce fresh and velvety, the Canadian bacon ham-like in thickness and character. Tim Smith,, "David Cordish's new restaurant a good bet 24/7 at Live Hotel," 12 July 2018 The brisket is textbook—tender and velvety under a layer of crispy bark and a deep red smoke ring. Andy Staples,, "The Chaos and Consequences of the BCS, 20 Years After Its Inaugural Season," 9 July 2018 The crisp fries were sauced with a velvety white cheddar sauce, topped with crisp goetta, cheese curds and scallions. Polly Campbell,, "Clyborne Provisions and Spirits is a suburban surprise," 27 June 2018 The new Suede Matte Lipsticks, much like the liners, will be matte with a velvety finish and will come in 24 shades (all of which have matching lip liners). Allie Fasanella, Allure, "Nyx Is Launching a Brand-New Lip Gloss, Liner, and Lipstick for Summer," 23 June 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of velvety

: soft and smooth


vel·vety | \ˈvel-və-tē \

Kids Definition of velvety

: soft and smooth velvety skin

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