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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Synonyms & Antonyms for velvety


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


coarse, harsh, rough, scratchy

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To finish up Palvin's glam, Quinn used his finger to apply the velvety-soft Lip Maestro stain in 511 to her lips. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "Watch Barbara Palvin Get Ready For The 2019 Oscars," 2 Mar. 2019 Their 2011 debut album, See the Light, went on to become an instant EDM classic, with Ruiz’s smooth velvety voice over throbbing beats mesmerizing global dance floors for more than a decade. Jasmin Hernandez, Harper's BAZAAR, "Nomi Ruiz on Making Art That Means Something," 17 Jan. 2019 The melody is accompanied by a mellow drum beat and R&B crooner Jaheim’s velvety voice. Marcus Harrison Green, The Seattle Times, "Grandparents raising grandkids say they need more help from Washington state," 28 Dec. 2018 This velvety stew is the definition of comfort, and people adore it. Audrey Bruno, SELF, "The 10 Most-Pinned Fall Recipes on Pinterest," 12 Sep. 2018 Transform lids with Tom Ford's lustrous lilac shadow or make like Selena and dip into a velvety swath of light moss via Huda Beauty's new metal sticks. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "Selena Gomez Tries Out This Season’s Trickiest Makeup Trend," 20 Feb. 2019 The figure-fitting look, by Alexander Wang, featured a plunging keyhole neckline, floral detailing, and velvety drapery around the hips to function like a wrap skirt. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kim Kardashian Wore a Sheer Lace Bodysuit by Alexander Wang to John Legend's Party," 14 Jan. 2019 As guests took their velvety red seats at the Centro de Bellas Artes Luis A. Ferré, there was a hum of revolutionary fervor for Miranda and the cast. Lauren Sanchez, Vogue, "Lin-Manuel Miranda Received a Standing Ovation at Hamilton’s Opening Night in Puerto Rico," 14 Jan. 2019 Despite the steep heel height and pointed-toe fit, cushioned insoles make these velvety smooth suede shoes surprisingly comfortable. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "The 6 Brands of Shoes Meghan Markle Always Has in Her Closet," 10 Dec. 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 How to pronounce velvety (audio) \

Kids Definition of velvety

: soft and smooth velvety skin

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