- a rich fabric as of silk, rayon, or nylon with a soft, thick pile: has the pile uncut, standing in loops, and has the loops cut apart
- anything with a surface like that of velvet
- a soft, vascular skin on a deer's growing antlers
- ☆ Slang extra or clear profit or winnings; gain
Origin: Middle English from Old French veluotte from Vulgar Latin villutus from Classical Latin villus, shaggy hair: see wool
- made of or covered with velvet
- smooth or soft like velvet
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- A soft fabric, such as silk, rayon, or nylon, having a smooth, dense pile and a plain underside.
- a. Something suggesting the smooth surface of velvet.b. Smoothness; softness.
- The soft, furry covering on the developing antlers of deer.
- Informal a. The winnings of a gambler.b. A profit or gain beyond what is expected or due.
- New England See milk shake. See Regional Note at milk shake.
Origin: Middle English veluet, probably from Old Provençal, from Vulgar Latin *villūtittus, diminutive of *villūtus, from Latin villus, shaggy hair, nap.