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[pluhsh] /plʌʃ/
a fabric, as of silk, cotton, or wool, whose pile is more than ⅛ inch (0.3 cm) high.
adjective, plusher, plushest.
expensively or showily luxurious: the plushest hotel in town.
abundantly rich; lush; luxuriant:
plush, rolling lawns.
Origin of plush
1585-95; 1920-25 for def 2; < French pluche, syncopated variant of pelucheLatin pilus hair
Related forms
plushed, adjective
plushlike, adjective
plushly, adverb
plushness, noun
2. opulent, lavish, palatial. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for plush
  • The hideous and germ-laden plush or velvet curtains were gone, and leather hangings of a rich tone took their place.
  • Trying to punish plush plans loses the unions and the rich.
  • Koalas are obviously a species of renegade plush toy.
  • And yes, those are plush toothbrushes and dental picks so the wee ones could practice proper mammoth dental care.
  • Polar bears are merely the latest marketing plush toy the left uses to tug on the heart strings of potential donors.
  • We have a plush top mattress and it fits the frame well.
  • The bear accordingly grew plush, diminutive, and migrated to the crib in the form of the teddy bear.
  • With their elaborate designs, parterres remind me of plush decorative carpets.
  • Or you can give the closest thing to your real heart: a handheld, pulsating plush heart.
  • It had plush leather seats, automatic everything and a top-of-the-line stereo.
British Dictionary definitions for plush


  1. a fabric with a cut pile that is longer and softer than velvet
  2. (as modifier): a plush chair
(informal) Also plushy. lavishly appointed; rich; costly
Derived Forms
plushly, adverb
plushness, noun
Word Origin
C16: from French pluche, from Old French peluchier to pluck, ultimately from Latin pilus a hair, pile³
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Word Origin and History for plush

"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.

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Slang definitions & phrases for plush



Luxurious; stylish; costly: a swank, plush, exclusive cabaret club/ singer Ella Logan at the plushy Casablanca (1927+)


: All the plush in the world won't tidy up his vulgar soul

[fr the soft and costly fabric, fr French pluche]

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