a fabric, as of silk, cotton, or wool, whose pile is more than ⅛ inch (0.3 cm) high.

adjective, plush·er, plush·est.

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 formsplushed, adjectiveplush·like, adjectiveplush·ly, adverbplush·ness, noun

Synonyms for plush Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for plush

Contemporary Examples of plush

Historical Examples of plush

  • It might have been the parlor of the White Springs Hotel in duplicate, plush self-rocker and all.


    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


Also: plushy informal lavishly appointed; rich; costly
Derived Formsplushly, adverbplushness, noun

Word Origin for plush

C16: from French pluche, from Old French peluchier to pluck, ultimately from Latin pilus a hair, pile ³
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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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