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[vuh-loo r] /vəˈlʊər/
a velvetlike fabric of rayon, wool, or any of several other natural or synthetic fibers, used for outerwear and upholstery.
a velvety fur felt, as of beaver, for hats.
Also, velours
[vuh-loo r; French vuh-loor] /vəˈlʊər; French vəˈlur/ (Show IPA)
Origin of velour
1700-10; earlier velours < French, Middle French; Old French velous < Old Provençal velos velvet < Latin villōsus hairy. See villus, -ose1 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for velour
  • One garment is a lavender colored velour jumpsuit with a floral printed rib knit top.
  • velour type towels usually have cut loops, while more absorbent bath towels and such usually have uncut loops.
  • The driveline conduit is covered with velour fabric on its external surface to promote tissue growth.
British Dictionary definitions for velour


any of various fabrics with a velvet-like finish, used for upholstery, coats, hats, etc
Word Origin
C18: from Old French velous, from Old Provençal velos velvet, from Latin villosus shaggy, from villus shaggy hair; compare Latin vellus a fleece
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Word Origin and History for velour

1706, from French velours "velvet," from Old French velour, alteration of velous, from Old Provençal velos, from Latin villosus (adj.) "shaggy" (in Medieval Latin "velvet"), from villus "shaggy hair, tuft of hair" (see velvet).

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