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

  • n. A soft fabric, such as silk, rayon, or nylon, having a smooth, dense pile and a plain underside.
  • n. Something suggesting the smooth surface of velvet.
  • n. Smoothness; softness.
  • n. The soft, furry covering on the developing antlers of deer.
  • n. Informal The winnings of a gambler.
  • n. Informal A profit or gain beyond what is expected or due.
  • n. New England See milk shake. See Regional Note at milk shake.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A closely woven fabric (originally of silk, now also of cotton or man-made fibres) with a thick short pile on one side.
  • n. Very fine fur, including the skin and fur on a deer's antlers.
  • v. To coat raw meat in starch, then in oil, preparatory to frying

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Made of velvet; soft and delicate, like velvet; velvety.
  • n. A silk fabric, having a short, close nap of erect threads. Inferior qualities are made with a silk pile on a cotton or linen back, or with other soft fibers such as nylon, acetate, or rayon.
  • n. The soft and highly vascular deciduous skin which envelops and nourishes the antlers of deer during their rapid growth.
  • n. Something likened to velvet{1} in being soft or luxurious.
  • intransitive v. To pain velvet.
  • transitive v. To make like, or cover with, velvet.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A closely woven silk stuff having a very thick and short pile on one side, which is formed by carrying part of the warp-thread over a needle, and cutting the loops afterward.
  • n. The covering of a growing antler, consisting of the modified periosteum peculiar to antlers, with cuticle and fur.
  • n. Money gained through gambling: as, to play on velvet (that is, to gamble with money previously won). [Slang.]
  • Made of velvet.
  • Soft and smooth to the touch; resembling velvet in this respect.
  • Very soft and smooth to the taste: as, old velvet Bourbon.
  • To produce velvet-painting.
  • To cover with velvet; cause to resemble velvet.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. resembling velvet in having a smooth soft surface
  • n. a silky densely piled fabric with a plain back
  • adj. smooth and soft to sight or hearing or touch or taste


Middle English veluet, probably from Old Provençal, from Vulgar Latin *villūtittus, diminutive of *villūtus, from Latin villus, shaggy hair, nap.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Old French veluotte, from Latin villus ("tuft, down"). (Wiktionary)


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