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[vel-vi-teen] /ˌvɛl vɪˈtin/
a cotton pile fabric with short pile.
velveteens, trousers of this fabric.
made of velveteen:
a velveteen jumper.
Origin of velveteen
1770-80; velvet + -een, variant of -ine1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • He wore a fur cap, and shorts, and was of the velveteen race, velveteeny.

    The Uncommercial Traveller Charles Dickens
  • The gentleman in the velveteen jacket was entirely roughed in.

    His Masterpiece Emile Zola
  • He wore a fur cap and shorts, and was of the velveteen race velveteeny.

  • For hunting he preferred the blouse and the velveteen trousers of the peasants.

    The Dead Command

    Vicente Blasco Ibez
  • There the turf was smooth as velveteen, padded and holed by the rabbits.

    Sons and Lovers David Herbert Lawrence
  • The joining of the velveteen should be near the seam in the back.

    Textiles and Clothing Kate Heintz Watson
  • velveteen is a warm and durable kind of cloth, and is most useful.

    The Story of Silk Sara Ware Bassett
  • velveteen chanced upon Marinero's daughter, and got her to pose.

    Spanish Vistas George Parsons Lathrop
  • He seized Mr. Aiken's velveteen sleeve, and held him at arm's length.

    A Likely Story William De Morgan
British Dictionary definitions for velveteen


  1. a cotton fabric resembling velvet with a short thick pile, used for clothing, etc
  2. (as modifier): velveteen trousers
(pl) trousers made of velveteen
Derived Forms
velveteened, adjective
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for velveteen

imitation velvet (made with cotton in place of silk), 1776, from velvet + commercial suffix -een (variant of -ine).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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