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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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  • Curtains and portires were of velour, heavily edged with fringe.

    Polly in New York Lillian Elizabeth Roy
  • Valances of velour were over the windows, and on the mantel.

    Polly in New York Lillian Elizabeth Roy
  • The traveler's hat was of velour, silver gray and boasting a partridge feather thrust in its silken band.

    The Yellow Claw Sax Rohmer
  • velour's fur stood on end, and its whisker bristled like wire.

    The Bastonnais John Lesperance
  • The next evening when Mr. Pottle came home he observed something brown and fuzzy nestling in his Sunday velour hat.

  • "Mr. Grimsby" was soon sitting on the velour divan, at a comfortable distance from possible eavesdroppers at the door.

    The Voice on the Wire Eustace Hale Ball
  • The captain looked up as I entered, took in my spats and velour hat with an impatient glance, and continued with his writing.

    The Glory of the Trenches Coningsby Dawson
  • Lets turn down the light and hide behind the velour portires, whispered Anne, anxiously.

    Polly in New York Lillian Elizabeth Roy
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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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