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


made of velveteen: a velveteen jumper.

Origin of velveteen

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

Related Words for velveteen

velvety, velour, nap, pile, plush, velutinous

Examples from the Web for velveteen

Contemporary Examples of velveteen

Historical Examples of velveteen

  • He wore a fur cap, and shorts, and was of the velveteen race, velveteeny.

  • The gentleman in the velveteen jacket was entirely roughed in.

    His Masterpiece

    Emile Zola

  • He wore a fur cap and shorts, and was of the velveteen race velveteeny.

  • For hunting he preferred the blouse and the velveteen trousers of the peasants.

    The Dead Command

    Vicente Blasco Ibez

  • There the turf was smooth as velveteen, padded and holed by the rabbits.

    Sons and Lovers

    David Herbert Lawrence

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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper