silken

[ sil-kuh n ]
/ ˈsɪl kən /

adjective

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.

Nearby words

  1. silk-screen,
  2. silk-screen printing,
  3. silk-stocking,
  4. silk-tassel,
  5. silkaline,
  6. silkie,
  7. silko,
  8. silkscreen,
  9. silkweed,
  10. silkworm

Origin of silken

before 900; Middle English; Old English seolcen. See silk, -en2

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British Dictionary definitions for silken

silken

/ (ˈsɪlkən) /

adjective

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

silken

adj.

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

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