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[vel-vi-teen] /ˌvɛl vɪˈtin/
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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  • In the living room are two velveteen sofas that were too big and too ugly for some long-gone tenants to take with them.
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British Dictionary definitions for velveteen


  1. a cotton fabric resembling velvet with a short thick pile, used for clothing, etc
  2. (as modifier): velveteen trousers
(pl) trousers made of velveteen
Derived Forms
velveteened, adjective
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Word Origin and History for velveteen

imitation velvet (made with cotton in place of silk), 1776, from velvet + commercial suffix -een (variant of -ine).

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Encyclopedia Article for velveteen

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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