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silken

Syllabification: silk·en
Pronunciation: /ˈsilkən
 
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Definition of silken in English:

adjective

1Made of silk: a silken ribbon
More example sentences
  • The gown shone with a gleam of a thin layer of silken silver fabric that covered the light blue.
  • The cover shows a soldier's combat helmet side-by-side with a diplomat's silken top hat.
  • Despite an insulating jacket of leather over his three layers of silken robes, he was still shivering.
1.1Soft or lustrous like silk: silken hair
More example sentences
  • Alaska was always smiling with spontaneous gestures, had silken hair, soft, wrinkle free, natural skin that was most alluring.
  • His soft brown strands of silken hair shine in the fading sunlight, gently sweeping into his eyes and over the planes of his face.
  • She had long, soft layers of silken chestnut hair that draped over her slender shoulders and cascaded down to the base of her back.

Origin

Old English seolcen (see silk, -en2).

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