[vuh-loo r]


a velvetlike fabric of rayon, wool, or any of several other natural or synthetic fibers, used for outerwear and upholstery.
a velvety fur felt, as of beaver, for hats.

Also ve·lours [vuh-loo r; French vuh-loor] /vəˈlʊər; French vəˈlur/.

Origin of velour

1700–10; earlier velours < French, Middle French; Old French velous < Old Provençal velos velvet < Latin villōsus hairy. See villus, -ose1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for velour

velvety, velveteen, velour, nap, pile, plush, velutinous

Examples from the Web for velour

Contemporary Examples of velour

Historical Examples of velour

  • Valances of velour were over the windows, and on the mantel.

    Polly in New York

    Lillian Elizabeth Roy

  • Curtains and portires were of velour, heavily edged with fringe.

    Polly in New York

    Lillian Elizabeth Roy

  • Velour's fur stood on end, and its whisker bristled like wire.

    The Bastonnais

    John Lesperance

  • The traveler's hat was of velour, silver gray and boasting a partridge feather thrust in its silken band.

    The Yellow Claw

    Sax Rohmer

  • "Mr. Grimsby" was soon sitting on the velour divan, at a comfortable distance from possible eavesdroppers at the door.

    The Voice on the Wire

    Eustace Hale Ball

British Dictionary definitions for velour




any of various fabrics with a velvet-like finish, used for upholstery, coats, hats, etc

Word Origin for velour

C18: from Old French velous, from Old Provençal velos velvet, from Latin villosus shaggy, from villus shaggy hair; compare Latin vellus a fleece
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Word Origin and History for velour

1706, from French velours "velvet," from Old French velour, alteration of velous, from Old Provençal velos, from Latin villosus (adj.) "shaggy" (in Medieval Latin "velvet"), from villus "shaggy hair, tuft of hair" (see velvet).

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