Definitions

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

  • n. Obsolete Velvet or a velvetlike fabric.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A fabric similar to velvet

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Velvet.
  • n. A substance resembling velvet.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A textile fabric having a thick soft nap; velvet or velveteen.
  • n. A pad of silk or plush used by hatters for smoothing and giving a luster to the surface of hats. Also called looer, lure.
  • In hat-making, to smooth off or dress with a velure, as the nap of a silk hat.

Etymologies

Alteration of French velours; see velour.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Alteration of velour (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Over the pictures, the vases, the old brown plush rocking-chairs and the stool, over the three gilt chairs, over the new chintz-covered easy chair and the gray velure sofa -- over everything everywhere, was the familiar coating of smoke grime.

    Alice Adams

  • When he came, Mistress Marian was standing i 'th' great door o 'th' castle, in her hawking gown o 'green velure cloth laced all with silver cord; her plumed hat was on her curls, and her hawk, Beryl, on her fist.

    A Brother To Dragons and Other Old-time Tales

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