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[sil-kuh n]
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  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.
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Origin of silken

before 900; Middle English; Old English seolcen. See silk, -en2
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Related Words for silken

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

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British Dictionary definitions for silken


  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 Origin and History for silken


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

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