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Old French veluotte, from Latin villus (tuft, down).


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  • (noun senses): (US) IPA(key): /ˈvɛlvɪt/
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velvet (countable and uncountable, plural velvets)

  1. A closely woven fabric (originally of silk, now also of cotton or man-made fibres) with a thick short pile on one side.
    • 1918, W. B. Maxwell, chapter 2, The Mirror and the Lamp[1]:
      She was a fat, round little woman, richly apparelled in velvet and lace, […]; and the way she laughed, cackling like a hen, the way she talked to the waiters and the maid, […]—all these unexpected phenomena impelled one to hysterical mirth, and made one class her with such immortally ludicrous types as Ally Sloper, the Widow Twankey, or Miss Moucher.
  2. Very fine fur, including the skin and fur on a deer's antlers.
  3. (rare): A female chinchilla; a sow.


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velvet (third-person singular simple present velvets, present participle velveting, simple past and past participle velveted)

  1. (cooking) To coat raw meat in starch, then in oil, preparatory to frying


velvet (comparative more velvet, superlative most velvet)

  1. Made of velvet.
  2. Soft and delicate, like velvet; velvety.
    • Milton
      The cowslip's velvet head.