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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016
vel•vet /ˈvɛlvɪt/USA pronunciation
n. [uncountable]WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
- Textilesa fabric of silk, nylon, acetate, rayon, etc., with a thick, soft pile formed of loops either cut at the end or left uncut.
- 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.
- 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.
- something likened to the fabric velvet, as in softness or texture:the velvet of her touch; the velvet of the lawn.
- the soft, deciduous covering of a growing antler.
- Informal Terms[Informal.]a very pleasant, luxurious, desirable situation.
- money gained through gambling;
- clear gain or profit, esp. when more than anticipated.
- TextilesAlso,vel′vet•ed. made of velvet or covered with velvet.
- Also,vel′vet•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
Etymology: 14th Century: veluet, from Old French veluotte, from velu hairy, from Vulgar Latin villutus (unattested), from Latin villus shaggy hairˈvelvet-ˌlike adj ˈvelvety adj
- a fabric of silk, cotton, nylon, etc, with a thick close soft usually lustrous pile
- (as modifier): velvet curtains
- anything with a smooth soft surface
- smoothness; softness
- (as modifier): velvet skin, a velvet night
- the furry covering of the newly formed antlers of a deer
- slang chiefly US gambling or speculative winnings
- a gain, esp when unexpectedly high
- velvet glove ⇒ gentleness or caution, often concealing strength or determination (esp in the phrase an iron fist or hand in a velvet glove)