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plush

[pluhsh] /plʌʃ/
noun
1.
a fabric, as of silk, cotton, or wool, whose pile is more than ⅛ inch (0.3 cm) high.
adjective, plusher, plushest.
2.
expensively or showily luxurious: the plushest hotel in town.
3.
abundantly rich; lush; luxuriant:
plush, rolling lawns.
Origin
1585-1595
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
Synonyms
2. opulent, lavish, palatial.
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British Dictionary definitions for plushness

plush

/plʌʃ/
noun
1.
  1. a fabric with a cut pile that is longer and softer than velvet
  2. (as modifier) a plush chair
adjective
2.
(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 plushness
plush
"soft fabric," 1594, from M.Fr. pluche "shag, plush," contraction of peluche "hairy fabric," from O.Fr. peluchier "to pull, to tug, to pluck" (the final process in weaving plush), from V.L. *piluccare "remove hair" (see pluck). The adj. meaning "swank, luxurious" is first attested 1927; plushy in this sense is recorded from 1923.
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Slang definitions & phrases for plushness

plush

adjective

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]


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