Also vel·vet·ed. made of velvet or covered with velvet.
Also vel·vet·like. resembling or suggesting velvet; smooth; soft; velvety: a velvet night; a cat's velvet fur.

Nearby words

  1. velsen,
  2. veltheimia,
  3. velum,
  4. velure,
  5. velutinous,
  6. velvet ant,
  7. velvet bean,
  8. velvet carpet,
  9. velvet glove,
  10. velvet plant

Origin of velvet

1275–1325; Middle English velvet, veluet, veluwet < Old French veluotte, equivalent to velu (< Medieval Latin vil(l)ūtus; Latin vill(us) shaggy nap (cf. villus) + Late Latin -ūtus for Latin -ātus -ate1) + -otte noun suffix Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for velvet

British Dictionary definitions for velvet



  1. a fabric of silk, cotton, nylon, etc, with a thick close soft usually lustrous pile
  2. (as modifier)velvet curtains
anything with a smooth soft surface
  1. smoothness; softness
  2. (as modifier)velvet skin; a velvet night
the furry covering of the newly formed antlers of a deer
slang, mainly US
  1. gambling or speculative winnings
  2. a gain, esp when unexpectedly high
velvet glove gentleness or caution, often concealing strength or determination (esp in the phrase an iron fist or hand in a velvet glove)
Derived Formsvelvet-like, adjectivevelvety, adjective

Word Origin for velvet

C14: veluet, from Old French veluotte, from velu hairy, from Vulgar Latin villutus (unattested), from Latin villus shaggy hair

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Word Origin and History for velvet



early 14c., probably from Old Provençal veluet, from Vulgar Latin *villutittus, diminutive of Vulgar Latin villutus "velvet," literally "shaggy cloth," from Latin villus "shaggy hair, nap of cloth, tuft of hair," probably a dialectal variant of vellus "fleece."

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Idioms and Phrases with velvet


see under iron hand.

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