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velvet

[vel-vit] /ˈvɛl vɪt/
noun
1.
a fabric of silk, nylon, acetate, rayon, etc., sometimes having a cotton backing, with a thick, soft pile formed of loops of the warp thread either cut at the outer end or left uncut.
2.
something likened to the fabric velvet, as in softness or texture:
the velvet of her touch; the velvet of the lawn.
3.
the soft, deciduous covering of a growing antler.
4.
Informal. a very pleasant, luxurious, desirable situation.
5.
Informal.
  1. money gained through gambling; winnings.
  2. clear gain or profit, especially when more than anticipated.
adjective
6.
Also, velveted. made of velvet or covered with velvet.
7.
Also, velvetlike. resembling or suggesting velvet; smooth; soft; velvety:
a velvet night; a cat's velvet fur.
Origin
1275-1325
1275-1325; Middle English velvet, veluet, veluwet < Old French veluotte, equivalent to velu (< Medieval Latin vil(l)ūtus; Latin vill(us) shaggy nap (cf. villus) + Late Latin -ūtus for Latin -ātus -ate1) + -otte noun suffix
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  • The intricate box, lined with blue velvet, contains pieces of mirror mounted on the rear surface.
  • There are velvet revolutions as well as violent ones.
  • She flung her velvet opera cloak over the maid's shoulders and turned back into the drawing-room, shutting the door sharply.
  • These velvet-lined boxes make beautiful jewelry containers.
  • Comes in a velvet-lined brocade gift box with a blue-and-white porcelain dish for the seal paste.
  • Dinky little velvet-covered buttons are not for you.
  • Most of all, never let the public know there is an iron fist inside your velvet glove.
  • Our whoopie pies layer sweet and tangy cream cheese frosting between two moist red velvet cakes.
  • But getting behind the velvet rope isn't based on market cap, earnings or shares owned.
  • It had velvet curtains, white tablecloths, little rose-shaded lamps on the tables.
British Dictionary definitions for velvet

velvet

/ˈvɛlvɪt/
noun
1.
  1. a fabric of silk, cotton, nylon, etc, with a thick close soft usually lustrous pile
  2. (as modifier): velvet curtains
2.
anything with a smooth soft surface
3.
  1. smoothness; softness
  2. (as modifier): velvet skin, a velvet night
4.
the furry covering of the newly formed antlers of a deer
5.
(slang, mainly US)
  1. gambling or speculative winnings
  2. a gain, esp when unexpectedly high
6.
velvet glove, gentleness or caution, often concealing strength or determination (esp in the phrase an iron fist or hand in a velvet glove)
Derived Forms
velvet-like, adjective
velvety, adjective
Word Origin
C14: veluet, from Old French veluotte, from velu hairy, from Vulgar Latin villutus (unattested), from Latin villus shaggy hair
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Word Origin and History for velvet
n.

early 14c., probably from Old Provençal veluet, from Vulgar Latin *villutittus, diminutive of Vulgar Latin villutus "velvet," literally "shaggy cloth," from Latin villus "shaggy hair, nap of cloth, tuft of hair," probably a dialectal variant of vellus "fleece."

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Slang definitions & phrases for velvet

veggies

noun

Vegetables (1955+)


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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Idioms and Phrases with velvet

velvet

see under iron hand
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