from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Covered with dense, soft, silky hairs.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Having a layer of soft short hairs, like velvet.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Having the surface covered with a fine and dense silky pubescence; velvety.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Resembling velvet; velvety; soft.


From New Latin velūtīnus, from Medieval Latin velūtum, velvet, from Vulgar Latin *villūtus; see velvet.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)


  • The tea menu is a tiny piece of delight, with descriptions that blithely use words like "velutinous" and "viridescent" and "vegetal" to describe their oolongs and whites and blacks.

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  • Shelby had been saving up words for this:velutinous, sybaritic, hedonic, effulgent .

    Second Glance

  • Fine texture and weight on the palate though, with well knit, supple, velutinous tannins.

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