a velvet dress




  • To cover with velvet or with a covering of a similar texture.
  • To coat raw meat in starch, then in oil, preparatory to frying.
  • To remove the velvet from a deer's antlers.
  • To soften; to mitigate.
  • to retract.


  • Made of velvet.
  • Soft and delicate, like velvet; velvety.
  • peaceful, carried out without violence; especially as pertaining to the peaceful breakup of Czechoslovakia.


  • From Middle English velvet, velwet, veluet, from Old Occitan veluet, from Late Latin villutittus, diminutive of villÅ«tus, from Latin villus. Cognate with French velours.

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