- a King's or Queen's Counsel.
- any barrister of high rank.
verb (used without object)
Origin of silk
Examples from the Web for silk
Sometimes I wear my silk pyjamas when I am going for a walk in the mornings, does that make me eccentric?
Behind their silk hats loom shadows of their immigrant forbears.
Waving a silk cloth, he declared, “Gentlemen, I will have this land just as surely as I now have this handkerchief.”
When detectives raided her store and found the silk in her possession, they arrested her.Meet 'The Queen of Thieves' Marm Mandelbaum, New York City's First Mob Boss|J. North Conway|September 7, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Another bold piece of color is a simple red dress made of silk gauze worn by one Monica Maurice for her wedding to Arthur Jackson.Here Comes the Bride…In Flaming Red: Two Centuries of Colorful Wedding Dresses|Liza Foreman|May 7, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Singleton had brought out something rolled in a scarf of Roman silk.The Messenger|Elizabeth Robins
One had to be close to Blome to see the silk, the velvet, the gold, the fine leather.The Rustlers of Pecos County|Zane Grey
Some are embroidered in silk, in silver, or in gold; some are plain.The Soul of a People|H. Fielding
The silk shops are the finest in the bazaar, but their contents are excessively dear, and are not very good.
The silk curtain which covered the niche was hitched upon some ornamental moulding, and hung down in picturesque folds.Tales From Jkai|Mr Jkai
British Dictionary definitions for silk
- thread or fabric made from this fibre
- (as modifier)a silk dress
- the gown worn by a Queen's (or King's) Counsel
- informal a Queen's (or King's) Counsel
- take silk to become a Queen's (or King's) Counsel
Word Origin for silk
Word Origin and History for silk
c.1300, from Old English seoloc, sioloc "silk, silken cloth," from Latin sericum "silk," plural serica "silken garments, silks," literally "Seric stuff," neuter of Sericus, from Greek Serikos "silken; pertaining to the Seres," an oriental people of Asia from whom the Greeks got silks. Western cultivation began 552 C.E., when agents from Byzantium impersonating monks smuggled silkworms and mulberry leaves out of China.
Chinese si "silk," Manchurian sirghe, Mongolian sirkek have been compared to this and the people name in Greek might be a rendering via Mongolian of the Chinese word for "silk," but this is uncertain.
Also found in Old Norse as silki but not elsewhere in Germanic. The more common Germanic form is represented by Middle English say, from Old French seie, with Spanish seda, Italian seta, Dutch zijde, German Seide is from Medieval Latin seta "silk," perhaps elliptical for seta serica, or else a particular use of seta "bristle, hair" (see seta (n.)).
According to some sources [Buck, OED], the use of -l- instead of -r- in the Balto-Slavic form of the word (cf. Old Church Slavonic šelku, Lithuanian šilkai) passed into English via the Baltic trade and may reflect a Chinese dialectal form, or a Slavic alteration of the Greek word. But the Slavic linguist Vasmer dismisses that, based on the initial sh- in the Slavic words, and suggests the Slavic words are from Scandinavian rather than the reverse.
As an adjective from mid-14c. In reference to the "hair" of corn, 1660s, American English. Figurative use of silk-stocking (n.) is from 1590s; as an adjective meaning "wealthy" it is attested from 1798, American English (silk stockings, especially worn by men, being regarded as extravagant and reprehensible, indicative of luxurious habits). Silk-screen (n.) is first attested 1930; as a verb from 1961. Silk road so called in English from 1931.
Science definitions for silk
Idioms and Phrases with silk
see can't make a silk purse out of a sow's ear; smooth as silk.