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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But the narrator, who has no sense of either shame or restraint, would talk right on over Helen, painting ever more elaborate pictures in ever more velvety words. Constance Grady, Vox, "Melmoth, from the author of The Essex Serpent, is a lurid novel of sin and redemption," 22 Oct. 2018 The wedges turn velvety, adding texture to the meal. Melissa Clark, The Seattle Times, "How to make sheet-pan suppers without the meat," 1 Oct. 2018 Leica’s attention to detail also extends to the lens hoods for its S-mount lenses, which are covered in a velvety material that’s chosen specifically for its minimal reflectance. Vlad Savov, The Verge, "The Leica S3 is a frustratingly awesome medium format DSLR," 27 Sep. 2018 Finally with the release of his first full-length LP, Sumney’s delicate and velvety timbre is amply displayed. Efrain Dorado, RedEye Chicago, "5 must-see concerts in Chicago this week: Broken Social Scene, Fleet Foxes, Moses Sumney," 26 Sep. 2017 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

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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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