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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016
vel•vet /ˈvɛlvɪt/USA pronunciation   n. [uncountable]
  1. Textilesa fabric of silk, nylon, acetate, rayon, etc., with a thick, soft pile formed of loops either cut at the end or left uncut.
  2. something like velvet in softness or texture.

  1. TextilesAlso,ˈvel•vet•ed. made of or covered with velvet.
  2. resembling or suggesting velvet;
    soft:her velvet touch.
vel•vet•y, adj. 

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
vel•vet  (velvit), 
  1. Textilesa fabric of silk, nylon, acetate, rayon, etc., sometimes having a cotton backing, with a thick, soft pile formed of loops of the warp thread either cut at the outer end or left uncut.
  2. something likened to the fabric velvet, as in softness or texture:the velvet of her touch; the velvet of the lawn.
  3. the soft, deciduous covering of a growing antler.
  4. Informal Terms[Informal.]a very pleasant, luxurious, desirable situation.
  5. [Informal.]
      • money gained through gambling;
      • clear gain or profit, esp. when more than anticipated.

  1. TextilesAlso,velvet•ed. made of velvet or covered with velvet.
  2. Also,velvet•like′. resembling or suggesting velvet;
    velvety:a velvet night; a cat's velvet fur.
  • Medieval Latin vil(l)ūtus; Latin vill(us) shaggy nap (compare villus) + Late Latin -ūtus for Latin -ātus -ate1) + -otte noun, nominal suffix
  • Old French veluotte, equivalent. to velu (
  • Middle English velvet, veluet, veluwet 1275–1325

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

velvet /ˈvɛlvɪt/ n
  1. a fabric of silk, cotton, nylon, etc, with a thick close soft usually lustrous pile
  2. (as modifier): velvet curtains
  3. anything with a smooth soft surface
  4. smoothness; softness
  5. (as modifier): velvet skin, a velvet night
  6. the furry covering of the newly formed antlers of a deer
  7. slang chiefly US gambling or speculative winnings
  8. a gain, esp when unexpectedly high
  9. velvet glovegentleness or caution, often concealing strength or determination (esp in the phrase an iron fist or hand in a velvet glove)
Etymology: 14th Century: veluet, from Old French veluotte, from velu hairy, from Vulgar Latin villutus (unattested), from Latin villus shaggy hair

ˈvelvet-ˌlike adj ˈvelvety adj


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