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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 ?
The black velvet of her locket nestled with special softness round her neck.
The king was dressed in a purple velvet jacket, white muslin trousers, and a saffron-yellow turban of price.
Through the big hall they went, up the grand staircase carpeted thick with velvet, and so along a wide corridor to a carved doorway.
But the raven still beguiling all my sad soul into smiling, Straight I wheeled a cushioned seat in front of bird, and bust and door; Then, upon the velvet sinking, I betook myself to linking Fancy unto fancy, thinking what this ominous bird of yore -- What this grim, ungainly, ghastly, gaunt and ominous bird of yore Meant in croaking "Nevermore.
But the Raven still beguiling all my sad soul into smiling, Straight I wheeled a cushioned seat in front of bird and bust and door; Then, upon the velvet sinking, I betook myself to linking Fancy unto fancy, thinking what this ominous bird of yore-- What this grim, ungainly, ghastly, gaunt, and ominous bird of yore Meant in croaking "Nevermore.
Sometimes they were pictures of dark, curious landscapes, but oftenest they were portraits of men and women in queer, grand costumes made of satin and velvet.
Then they made their way through the front rows of stalls and looked at Box Five on the grand tier, They could not see it well, because it was half in darkness and because great covers were flung over the red velvet of the ledges of all the boxes.
He wore a jaunty coat of chocolate-colored velvet, with diamond buttons, and with two huge pockets which were always filled with bones, dropped there at dinner by his loving mistress.
Upon his head he wore a purple velvet cap, and purple velvet was his robe, all trimmed about with rich ermine; his jerkin and hose were of sea-green silk, and his shoes of black velvet, the pointed toes fastened to his garters with golden chains.
For their holiday suits they had coats of figured velvet, crimson, green, blue, and all other gay colors, embroidered with gold or silver lace.
He entered, then, bowed to those present with the hereditary smile of the great for the people, and directed his course slowly towards his scarlet velvet arm-chair, with the air of thinking of something quite different.
In other respects his costume was plain, and his hair evenly cut enough for customers, who were not close observers, to take him for a mere tailor's apprentice, perched behind the board, and carefully stitching cloth or velvet.