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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
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.

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

    WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2015
    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.

  • TextilesAlso,velvet•ed. made of velvet or covered with velvet.
  • Also,velvet•like′. resembling or suggesting velvet;
    velvety:a velvet night; a cat's velvet fur.
  • Etymology:
    • 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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