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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.
1745-55; velvet + -y1
Related forms
velvetiness, noun
unvelvety, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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Examples from the web for velvety
  • Among them is this rich, velvety stew made with chicken and condensed milk and thickened with de-crusted white bread.
  • velvety smooth with a faint, fruity taste of olive oil.
  • It is covered with a velvety soft fabric on top of a breathable mesh fiber that wicks away sweat.
  • When whipped with more cream and slathered onto a cake, it's an intense, velvety icing.
  • For more hardy eaters, tongue offers a velvety texture and a mild, subtle taste that takes well to any number of lively sauces.
  • Try the velvety sweet-potato pie or strawberry cake.
  • The velvety looking surface is actually thousands of microscopic spores.
  • Short dense hairs give the surface a velvety texture.
  • The stylus raises a burr along the incised line creating velvety effects.
  • The velvety qualities of this technique result from subtle gradations of tone.
Word Origin and History for velvety

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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