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[pluhsh] /plʌʃ/
a fabric, as of silk, cotton, or wool, whose pile is more than ⅛ inch (0.3 cm) high.
adjective, plusher, plushest.
expensively or showily luxurious: the plushest hotel in town.
abundantly rich; lush; luxuriant:
plush, rolling lawns.
Origin of plush
1585-95; 1920-25 for def 2; < French pluche, syncopated variant of pelucheLatin pilus hair
Related forms
plushed, adjective
plushlike, adjective
plushly, adverb
plushness, noun
2. opulent, lavish, palatial. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for plush
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  • It might have been the parlor of the White Springs Hotel in duplicate, plush self-rocker and all.

    K Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • He shaved me without a pull, and my face ain't no plush sofy, neither.

    Cape Cod Stories Joseph C. Lincoln
  • Then he drew in his head, and concealed himself behind the plush portière.

    A Great Man Arnold Bennett
  • "I have to get some money," he said, laying the plush case on the counter.

    Tom Slade with the Colors Percy K. Fitzhugh
  • It smacked of colonial age, but not of Boston style or plush curtains.

British Dictionary definitions for plush


  1. a fabric with a cut pile that is longer and softer than velvet
  2. (as modifier): a plush chair
(informal) Also plushy. lavishly appointed; rich; costly
Derived Forms
plushly, adverb
plushness, noun
Word Origin
C16: from French pluche, from Old French peluchier to pluck, ultimately from Latin pilus a hair, pile³
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Word Origin and History for plush

"soft fabric," 1590s, from Middle French pluche "shag, plush," contraction of peluche "hairy fabric," from Old French peluchier "to pull, to tug, to pluck" (the final process in weaving plush), from Vulgar Latin *piluccare "remove hair" (see pluck (v.)). Related: Plushy; plushness.


"swank, luxurious," 1927, from plush (n.). Plushy in this sense is recorded from 1923. Related: Plushly; plushness.

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Slang definitions & phrases for plush



Luxurious; stylish; costly: a swank, plush, exclusive cabaret club/ singer Ella Logan at the plushy Casablanca (1927+)


: All the plush in the world won't tidy up his vulgar soul

[fr the soft and costly fabric, fr French pluche]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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