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vel·vet

 (vĕl′vĭt)
n.
1. A soft fabric having a smooth, dense pile and a plain underside.
2.
a. Something suggesting the smooth surface of velvet.
b. Smoothness; softness.
3. The soft, furry covering on the developing antlers of deer.
4. Informal
a. The winnings of a gambler.
b. A profit or gain beyond what is expected or due.
5. New England See milkshake.

[Middle English veluet, probably from Old Provençal, from Vulgar Latin *villūtittus, diminutive of *villūtus, from Latin villus, shaggy hair, nap.]

velvet

(ˈvɛlvɪt)
n
1. (Textiles)
a. a fabric of silk, cotton, nylon, etc, with a thick close soft usually lustrous pile
b. (as modifier): velvet curtains.
2. anything with a smooth soft surface
3.
a. smoothness; softness
b. (as modifier): velvet skin; a velvet night.
4. (Zoology) the furry covering of the newly formed antlers of a deer
5. (Gambling, except Cards) slang chiefly
a. gambling or speculative winnings
b. a gain, esp when unexpectedly high
6. velvet glove gentleness or caution, often concealing strength or determination (esp in the phrase an iron fist or hand in a velvet glove)
[C14: veluet, from Old French veluotte, from velu hairy, from Vulgar Latin villutus (unattested), from Latin villus shaggy hair]
ˈvelvet-ˌlike adj
ˈvelvety adj

vel•vet

(ˈvɛl vɪt)

n.
1. a fabric of silk, nylon, acetate, rayon, etc., sometimes having a cotton backing, with a thick, soft pile formed of loops of the warp thread.
2. something likened to this fabric, as in softness or texture.
3. the soft, deciduous covering of a growing antler.
4. Informal.
a. winnings.
b. clear gain or profit.
adj.
5. Also, vel′vet•ed. made of or covered with velvet.
6. resembling or suggesting velvet; soft.
[1275–1325; Middle English velvet, velu(w)et < Old French veluotte=velu (< Medieval Latin vil(l)ūtus; Latin vill(us) shaggy nap (compare villus) + Late Latin -ūtus, for Latin -ātus -ate1) + -otte n. suffix]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.velvet - a silky densely piled fabric with a plain back
cloth, fabric, textile, material - artifact made by weaving or felting or knitting or crocheting natural or synthetic fibers; "the fabric in the curtains was light and semitransparent"; "woven cloth originated in Mesopotamia around 5000 BC"; "she measured off enough material for a dress"
Adj.1.velvet - smooth and soft to sight or hearing or touch or taste
smooth - having a surface free from roughness or bumps or ridges or irregularities; "smooth skin"; "a smooth tabletop"; "smooth fabric"; "a smooth road"; "water as smooth as a mirror"
2.velvet - resembling velvet in having a smooth soft surface
soft - yielding readily to pressure or weight
Translations
قَطِيفَةمُخْمَل
samet
fløjlfløjls-
samettinahka
baršun
bársony
flauel
ビロード
벨벳
aksomasaksominis
samts
zamat
žamet
sammet
ผ้ากำมะหยี่
vải nhung

velvet

[ˈvelvɪt]
A. Nterciopelo m; (on antlers) → piel f velluda, vello m
she had skin like velvettenía una piel aterciopelada
B. ADJ (= of velvet) → de terciopelo; (= velvety) → aterciopelado
the Velvet Revolutionla revolución de terciopelo

velvet

[ˈvɛlvɪt]
nvelours m
modifen velours

velvet

nSamt m; like velvetwie Samt, samtig
adjSamt-; skin, feelsamtweich, samten (geh); velvet dressSamtkleid nt; the velvet touch of his handseine sanften Hände

velvet

[ˈvɛlvɪt]
1. nvelluto
2. adj (skirt, curtain) → di velluto

velvet

(ˈvelvit) noun, adjective
(of) a type of cloth made from silk etc with a soft, thick surface. Her dress was made of velvet; a velvet jacket.
ˈvelvety adjective

velvet

قَطِيفَة samet fløjl Samt βελούδο terciopelo sametti velours baršun velluto ビロード 벨벳 fluweel fløyel aksamit veludo бархат sammet ผ้ากำมะหยี่ kadife vải nhung 天鹅绒
References in classic literature ?
They looked very well in their simple suits, Meg's in silvery drab, with a blue velvet snood, lace frills, and the pearl pin.
It was just as if you were in some dark room, and some one waved a wet velvet cloak over your head--spooky like
The lady in black, with her Sunday prayer-book, velvet and gold-clasped, and her Sunday silver beads, was following them at no great distance.
A lovely country, too, full of great elms and velvet meadows.
Velvet garments sombre but rich, stiffly plaited ruffs and bands, embroidered gloves, venerable beards, the mien and countenance of authority, made it easy to distinguish the gentleman of worship, at that period, from the tradesman, with his plodding air, or the laborer, in his leathern jerkin, stealing awe-stricken into the house which he had perhaps helped to build.
He wore a dark feather in his hat, a border of embroidery on his cloak, and a black velvet tunic beneath -- a gentleman advanced in years, with a hard experience written in his wrinkles.
He was a small and dark, but rather delicate looking man for a sea-captain, with large whiskers and moustache, however; and wore a red cotton velvet vest with watch-seals at his side.
Around the fountain ran a walk, paved with a mosaic of pebbles, laid in various fanciful patterns; and this, again, was surrounded by turf, smooth as green velvet, while a carriage-drive enclosed the whole.
No, I must work up to it by degrees, buying suit after suit of clothes, in shops wide apart, and getting a little finer article with each change, until I should finally reach silk and velvet, and be ready for my project.
And at the zenith of his fame, how he would suddenly appear at the old village and stalk into church, brown and weather-beaten, in his black velvet doublet and trunks, his great jack-boots, his crimson sash, his belt bristling with horse-pistols, his crime-rusted cut- lass at his side, his slouch hat with waving plumes, his black flag unfurled, with the skull and crossbones on it, and hear with swelling ecstasy the whisperings, "It's Tom Sawyer the Pirate
Cotton velvet westcot, fire-red and yaller squares--"
And there were lovely horses and animals in cages, and clowns on horseback; and at the very end came a little red and gold chariot drawn by two ponies, and in it, sitting on a velvet cushion, was the snake charmer, all dressed in satin and spangles.