a cotton pile fabric with short pile.
velveteens, trousers of this fabric.


made of velveteen: a velveteen jumper.

Nearby words

  1. velvet revolution,
  2. velvet scoter,
  3. velvet shank,
  4. velvet stem,
  5. velvet stout,
  6. velvetleaf,
  7. velvety,
  8. velázquez,
  9. velázquez, diego de,
  10. velázquez, diego rodríguez de silva y

Origin of velveteen

1770–80; velvet + -een, variant of -ine1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for velveteen



  1. a cotton fabric resembling velvet with a short thick pile, used for clothing, etc
  2. (as modifier)velveteen trousers
(plural) trousers made of velveteen
Derived Formsvelveteened, adjective

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Word Origin and History for velveteen



imitation velvet (made with cotton in place of silk), 1776, from velvet + commercial suffix -een (variant of -ine).

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