Definition of velvet in English:

velvet

Syllabification: vel·vet
Pronunciation: /ˈvelvət
 
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noun

1A closely woven fabric of silk, cotton, or nylon, that has a thick short pile on one side.
More example sentences
  • It was a pretty room, with a large window shrouded by thick, red, velvet curtains.
  • The materials used are silk, silk organza, cotton, brocade and velvet.
  • They sat, as they always did, in the faded velvet armchairs on either side of the fire.
1.1Soft downy skin that covers a deer’s antler while it is growing.
More example sentences
  • Before that, they are in velvet [growing antlers] and milling about in big herds like cows and do not represent a sporting quarry.
  • Then there's the period of antler shedding, and the months they're in velvet.
  • The bucks were so close that I could see the velvet on their antlers - from the safety of my car.

Origin

Middle English: from Old French veluotte, from velu 'velvety', from medieval Latin villutus, from Latin villus 'tuft, down'.

Phrases

on velvet

informal dated In an advantageous or prosperous position.

Derivatives

velveted

adjective
More example sentences
  • A yearling will have velveted antlers 10-18 inches and the neck mane will be very short.
  • A bull moose, with small, velveted antlers in spring, could do little more to defend a calf from a grizzly than could a cow.

velvety

adjective
More example sentences
  • We have some beautiful wallflowers this summer, filling a terracotta pot with dark foliage and rich red and deep pink velvety flowers.
  • The soup was a cream of mushroom, obviously homemade, with a velvety texture.
  • Cocooned in warm, velvety darkness, within moments we were all asleep.

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