[sil-kuh n]


made of silk.
like silk in smoothness, softness, glossiness, or delicateness.
clad in silk.
smoothly persuasive or ingratiating; mellifluous: the senator's silken oratory.
elegant; luxurious.

Origin of silken

before 900; Middle English; Old English seolcen. See silk, -en2 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for silken

silky, satiny, lustrous, satin, glassy, glistening, polished, shiny

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British Dictionary definitions for silken



made of silk
resembling silk in smoothness or gloss
dressed in silk
soft and delicate
rare luxurious or elegant
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Word Origin and History for silken

Old English seolcen "made of silk;" see silk + -en (2). Meaning "silk-like, soft and glossy" is from 1510s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper