Meaning of velvet

vel•vet

Pronunciation: (vel'vit), [key]
— n.
  1. a fabric of silk, nylon, acetate, rayon, etc., sometimes having a cotton backing, with a thick, soft pile formed of loops of the warp thread either cut at the outer end or left uncut.
  2. something likened to the fabric velvet, as in softness or texture: the velvet of her touch; the velvet of the lawn.
  3. the soft, deciduous covering of a growing antler.
  4. a very pleasant, luxurious, desirable situation.
    1. money gained through gambling; winnings.
    2. clear gain or profit, esp. when more than anticipated.
—adj.
  1. made of velvet or covered with velvet.
  2. resembling or suggesting velvet; smooth; soft; velvety: a velvet night; a cat's velvet fur.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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