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"soft fabric," 1590s, from Middle French pluche "shag, plush," contraction of peluche "hairy fabric," from Old French peluchier "to pull, to tug, to pluck" (the final process in weaving plush), from Vulgar Latin *piluccare "remove hair" (see pluck (v.)). Related: Plushy; plushness.
"swank, luxurious," 1927, from plush (n.). Plushy in this sense is recorded from 1923. Related: Plushly; plushness.
Luxurious; stylish; costly: a swank, plush, exclusive cabaret club/ singer Ella Logan at the plushy Casablanca (1927+)noun
: All the plush in the world won't tidy up his vulgar soul
[fr the soft and costly fabric, fr French pluche]