a cotton pile fabric with short pile.
velveteens, trousers of this fabric.
made of velveteen: a velveteen jumper.

1770–80; velvet + -een, variant of -ine1 Unabridged
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velveteen (ˌvɛlvɪˈtiːn)
1.  a.  a cotton fabric resembling velvet with a short thick pile, used for clothing, etc
 b.  (as modifier): velveteen trousers
2.  (plural) trousers made of velveteen

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Word Origin & History

imitation velvet (made with cotton in place of silk), 1776, from velvet + commercial suffix -een (variant of -ine).
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in textiles, fabric with a short, dense pile surface and a smooth back, usually made of cotton and resembling velvet. It is made by the filling-pile method, in which the plain or twill weave is used as a base and extra fillings are floated over four or five warps. After weaving, the floats are cut, and their ends are brushed up to form a smooth pile about one-eighth inch long.

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Example sentences
In the living room are two velveteen sofas that were too big and too ugly for some long-gone tenants to take with them.
The purple velveteen curtain is shabby, a castoff from the public school.
Braids on the bottom of the skirt wear out shoes more than velveteen.
She was dressed in a calico gown, blue check apron and velveteen bat.
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