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silken

[ sil-kuhn ]

adjective

  1. made of silk.
  2. like silk in smoothness, softness, glossiness, or delicateness.
  3. clad in silk.
  4. smoothly persuasive or ingratiating; mellifluous:

    the senator's silken oratory.

  5. elegant; luxurious.


silken

/ ˈsɪlkən /

adjective

  1. made of silk
  2. resembling silk in smoothness or gloss
  3. dressed in silk
  4. soft and delicate
  5. rare.
    luxurious or elegant


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Word History and Origins

Origin of silken1

before 900; Middle English; Old English seolcen. See silk, -en 2

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Example Sentences

He’s regal, an action star with class, and he’s the one silken thread in this tattered monstrosity.

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In the most complex, hundreds or even thousands of females spin a great airy silken city, where some stay their entire lives.

In a nutso glamour montage, she swirls around the house and its environs in a series of silken gowns and chic daytime ensembles, the camera fluttering around her like a wounded swan.

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Is that scratchy rug atop her head really meant to be Kate's famously silken locks?

One is the “silken cord” solution favored by Ottoman sultans.

Strange to say, the silken cord yielded to the first pull, as if nothing had been wrong with it at all!

Between the green and gold folds of his silken handkerchief his gentle brown eyes always regarded her.

"You spoke of disgrace," she observed gently, swaying her fan before her by its silken cord.

Frivolity enveloped the company as with a silken veil, and yet everything moved as politely and as sedately as a minuet.

The little shoe, whose silken laces had become loose in walking, lay in the road covered-with dust.

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