A silk worm and silk cocoons resting on mulberry leaves.
- The definition of silk is something smooth like or made of the very soft and fine threads spun by silkworms.
An example of silk is smooth and creamy chocolate truffles; silk truffles.
- Silk is a soft thread-like fiber spun by silkworms.
An example of silk is the fabric of a traditional kimono.
- the fine, soft, shiny fiber produced by silkworms to form their cocoons
- thread or fabric made from this fiber
- a garment or other article made of this fabric
- [pl.] a distinctive silk uniform, as of a jockey
- the silk gown worn by a King's (or Queen's) Counsel in British law courts
- Informal King's (or Queen's) Counsel
- any silklike filament or substance, as that produced by spiders, or that within a milkweed pod, on the end of an ear of corn, etc.
Origin of silkMiddle English silke from Old English seoluc, probably via Slavic, Slavonic (as in Old Prussian silkas) from uncertain or unknown; perhaps Classical Latin sericus (or Classical Greek s?rikos), silken: see serge
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- a. A fine lustrous fiber composed mainly of fibroin and produced by certain insect larvae to form cocoons, especially the strong, elastic, fibrous secretion of silkworms used to make thread and fabric.b. Thread or fabric made from this fiber.c. A garment made from this fabric.
- a. A silky filamentous material spun by a spider or an insect such as a webspinner.b. A silky filamentous material produced by a plant, such as the styles forming a tuft on an ear of corn.
- silks The brightly colored identifying garments of a jockey or harness driver.
intransitive verbsilked, silk·ing, silks
Origin of silkMiddle English from Old English sioloc probably of Slavic origin ( akin to Old Church Slavonic šelkŭ ) ultimately from Greek sērikon neuter of sērikos silken ; see serge 1.
top: jockey silks
bottom: ear of corn
- (uncountable) A fine fiber excreted by the silkworm or other arthropod (such as a spider).
- The silk thread was barely visible.
- (uncountable) A fine, soft cloth woven from silk fibers.
- I had a small square of silk, but it wasn't enough to make what I wanted.
- The gown worn by a Senior (i.e. Queen's/King's) Counsel.
- (colloquial) A Senior (i.e. Queen's/King's) Counsel.
- Made of silk.
- Looking like silk, silken.
Old English sioloc, seolc. The immediate source is uncertain; it probably reached English via the Baltic trade routes (cognates in Old Norse silki, Russian ÑˆÑ‘Ð»Ðº (Å¡olk), obsolete Lithuanian zilkaÄ©), all ultimately from Late Latin sÄ“ricus, from Latin sericus, from Ancient Greek ÏƒÎ·ÏÎ¹ÎºÏŒÏ‚ (serikos), ultimately from an Oriental language (represented now by e.g. Chinese çµ² (sÄ«, “silk")). Compare Seres.