velour

[ vuh-loo r ]
/ vəˈlʊər /

noun

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
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velour

velours

/ (vɛˈlʊə) /

noun

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

velour


n.

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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