- a rich fabric as of silk, rayon, or nylon with a soft, thick pile: pile velvet has the pile uncut, standing in loops, and cut velvet 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 of velvetMiddle 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
- A soft fabric 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 milkshake.
Origin of velvetMiddle English veluet probably from Old Provençal from Vulgar Latin villūtittus diminutive of *villūtus from Latin villus shaggy hair, nap
(countable and uncountable, plural velvets)
(third-person singular simple present velvets, present participle velveting, simple past and past participle velveted)
- (cooking) To coat raw meat in starch, then in oil, preparatory to frying
(comparative more velvet, superlative most velvet)
- Made of velvet.
- Soft and delicate, like velvet; velvety.