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[vel-vi-tee] /ˈvɛl vɪ ti/
suggestive of or resembling velvet; smooth; soft:
velvety rose petals; a velvety voice; a velvety cream sauce.
(of liquor) smooth-tasting; mild; mellow:
a velvety Scotch.
Origin of velvety
1745-55; velvet + -y1
Related forms
velvetiness, noun
unvelvety, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • It has a broad collar of velvety black round the neck, the dark hues of the head contrasting curiously with the dark body.

    The Western World W.H.G. Kingston
  • Its tone was velvety in its richness, nor was there the least inflection of astonishment in its tone.

    The Law-Breakers Ridgwell Cullum
  • Green, too, is the moss, fresh and velvety in the shadows; tinged with russet and gold where the sun has caught it.

  • The trees were all uninjured; the carpet of velvety moss was undefiled by blood.

    The Downfall Emile Zola
  • And, having spread the blanket out in the dark-ness, he rubbed his hands over its velvety surface, admiring its wonderful texture.

    In the Pecos Country Edward Sylvester Ellis (AKA Lieutenant R.H. Jayne)
Word Origin and History for velvety

1752, from velvet + -y (2). Related: Velvetiness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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