- money gained through gambling; winnings.
- clear gain or profit, especially when more than anticipated.
Examples from the Web for velvet
Waters became really famous after Tipping The Velvet was made into a TV drama in 2002.
I felt a community of lesbian readers might find Tipping The Velvet fun.
The Velvet Tongue is an erotic literary soiree held by poet Ernesto Sarezale.Inside London's Underground Burlesque and Fetish Scene|Liza Foreman|August 12, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Everyday objects with a twist are displayed on three walls with six rows of velvet shelves.
Collared dresses resembled prep school outfits from centuries past, while velvet dresses screamed royal offspring.Valentino, Chanel, and Alexander McQueen at Paris Fashion Week|Liza Foreman|March 4, 2014|DAILY BEAST
One had to be close to Blome to see the silk, the velvet, the gold, the fine leather.The Rustlers of Pecos County|Zane Grey
Gilding and tinsel were no longer bright to her, silks and velvet were no longer soft.The Bertrams|Anthony Trollope
The spot is somewhat elevated, and we look for miles over hills, velvet fields, and woodlands.The Cathedral Towns and Intervening Places of England, Ireland and Scotland:|Thomas W. Silloway
The velvet dusk of Diane's eyes was sparkling with the zest of woodland adventure.Diane of the Green Van|Leona Dalrymple
The little gentleman in the grass-cloth duster and velvet skull-cap was chairman of this committee, and he stated its object.A Romance in Transit|Francis Lynde
British Dictionary definitions for velvet
- a fabric of silk, cotton, nylon, etc, with a thick close soft usually lustrous pile
- (as modifier)velvet curtains
- smoothness; softness
- (as modifier)velvet skin; a velvet night
- gambling or speculative winnings
- a gain, esp when unexpectedly high
Derived Formsvelvet-like, adjectivevelvety, adjective
Word Origin for velvet
Idioms and Phrases with velvet
see under iron hand.