- 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 either cut at the outer end or left uncut.
- something likened to the fabric velvet, as in softness or texture: the velvet of her touch; the velvet of the lawn.
- the soft, deciduous covering of a growing antler.
- Informal. a very pleasant, luxurious, desirable situation.
- money gained through gambling; winnings.
- clear gain or profit, especially when more than anticipated.
- Also vel·vet·ed. made of velvet or covered with velvet.
- Also vel·vet·like. resembling or suggesting velvet; smooth; soft; velvety: a velvet night; a cat's velvet fur.
Origin of velvet
Examples from the Web for velvet
Waters became really famous after Tipping The Velvet was made into a TV drama in 2002.
I felt a community of lesbian readers might find Tipping The Velvet fun.
The Velvet Tongue is an erotic literary soiree held by poet Ernesto Sarezale.Inside London's Underground Burlesque and Fetish Scene
August 12, 2014
Everyday objects with a twist are displayed on three walls with six rows of velvet shelves.New York’s Tiniest—and Weirdest—Museum
May 29, 2014
Collared dresses resembled prep school outfits from centuries past, while velvet dresses screamed royal offspring.Valentino, Chanel, and Alexander McQueen at Paris Fashion Week
March 4, 2014
See to the broadcloth and velvet that the rogues bear upon their backs!The White Company
Arthur Conan Doyle
They were dark, luminous and velvet soft as they watched my struggle.The Bacillus of Beauty
There were other and still other banners, in velvet or in satin, balanced at the end of gilded batons.The Dream
She had no gloves, and a bit of the velvet binding of her skirt was loose.The Incomplete Amorist
Around its roots is velvet turf, and there are wild violet beds.Bride of the Mistletoe
James Lane Allen
- a fabric of silk, cotton, nylon, etc, with a thick close soft usually lustrous pile
- (as modifier)velvet curtains
- anything with a smooth soft surface
- smoothness; softness
- (as modifier)velvet skin; a velvet night
- the furry covering of the newly formed antlers of a deer
- slang, mainly US
- gambling or speculative winnings
- a gain, esp when unexpectedly high
- velvet glove gentleness or caution, often concealing strength or determination (esp in the phrase an iron fist or hand in a velvet glove)
Word Origin and History for velvet
early 14c., probably from Old Provençal veluet, from Vulgar Latin *villutittus, diminutive of Vulgar Latin villutus "velvet," literally "shaggy cloth," from Latin villus "shaggy hair, nap of cloth, tuft of hair," probably a dialectal variant of vellus "fleece."
Idioms and Phrases with velvet
see under iron hand.