- 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
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Examples from the Web for silken
One is the “silken cord” solution favored by Ottoman sultans.Dictators' Sons, From Egypt to Libya, Are Doomed
February 9, 2011
Then she loosed a pen-knife with a blade as thin as paper from her silken girdle.The Chinese Fairy Book
An arm, clothed in some silken material, encircled his throat.The Film of Fear
An' yet thar's once at least when Red Dog shows it's got its silken side.Faro Nell and Her Friends
Alfred Henry Lewis
The room, the furnishings, his silken robe, everything was strange.
A breed of silken creatures lurk and thrive In your contempt.Browning's England
Helen Archibald Clarke
- 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
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