Definition of silken in English:



  • 1Made of silk.

    ‘a silken ribbon’
    • ‘Despite an insulating jacket of leather over his three layers of silken robes, he was still shivering.’
    • ‘My attentions returned to the girl walking up to the podium, bedecked in a slender pale white gown, filmy silken skirts fluttering to her white slippered feet.’
    • ‘She sighed and smoothed the silken band about a pale yellow hat.’
    • ‘The gown shone with a gleam of a thin layer of silken silver fabric that covered the light blue.’
    • ‘She was wearing a sleeveless short silken white night gown and tapping her bare feet on the carpeted floors of the room.’
    • ‘She was dressed in a long sleeved black shirt and a silken skirt that had a red dragon on it.’
    • ‘Veronica was bathed in a paper-thin silken gown that seemed to glow in the room's light, as did her golden hair.’
    • ‘Mixed colors of purple and blue tarnished the silken kimono that seemed exquisite and luxurious beyond comprehension.’
    • ‘The worn clothing had been replaced by silken robes that flickered with red, orange, and yellow light.’
    • ‘She wears her usual style of clothes, a light grey silken blouse, and the tightly fitting black pants.’
    • ‘He wore some kind of big baggy silken shirt with long sleeves that almost stretched down to the tips of his fingers.’
    • ‘For the first time in days she was up and dressed, and in a better fashion than normal, as she wore a gorgeous silken green gown.’
    • ‘The cover shows a soldier's combat helmet side-by-side with a diplomat's silken top hat.’
    • ‘The figure's thick, apparently woolen clothing offers a striking contrast to the fine, silken garments of the Virgin in the Nativity scene.’
    • ‘The floor is absolutely covered with all shapes and sizes of silken pillows embroidered with comforting symbols in gold thread.’
    • ‘She wore a flowing pale yellow skirt with ruffles and a silken blouse with puffed sleeves.’
    • ‘He wore all black by way of a silken shirt, leather pants and combat boots.’
    • ‘The maid handed Larken a long silken gown of sky blue.’
    • ‘He was wearing a white military suit with a blue silken cape and a pair of epaulets on his shoulders.’
    • ‘Standing at the top of the hill, just to the side of the open chain-link gate was a thin, petite female wearing various, silken veils that blew in the wind.’
    thin, light, lightweight, fine, ultra-fine, diaphanous, sheer, delicate, insubstantial, floaty, filmy, chiffony, gossamer, gossamer-thin, gossamer-like, gossamery, gauzy, gauzelike, cobwebby, feathery
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    1. 1.1 Soft or lustrous like silk.
      ‘silken hair’
      • ‘The human is a pretty blonde one, in adequate physical health and possessing long, soft, silken hair the color of sunlight.’
      • ‘Delicately I untied the ribbon that bound his hair and unplaited the silken locks, running my fingers through their length.’
      • ‘He remembered the soft sounds she had made and the silken feeling of her hair.’
      • ‘She had long, soft layers of silken chestnut hair that draped over her slender shoulders and cascaded down to the base of her back.’
      • ‘Slowly, I bent my neck and softly kissed the side of her head, letting my mouth brush against her silken hair.’
      • ‘In general, however, use soft tofu, such as aseptic-packed silken styles, when you want a smooth, creamy texture but don't need the substance to hold its shape.’
      • ‘He ran his hand tenderly through her hair, enjoying the silken strands sliding effortlessly through his fingers…’
      • ‘But he studied the young man with the dark complexion, noble aquilline nose, jet-black silken hair and deep, serious brown eyes, and knew he was telling the truth.’
      • ‘Soft or silken tofu can be used for dips, spreads, sauces and sweet dishes.’
      • ‘Even silken tofu wasn't soft enough for me to want to have it uncooked.’
      • ‘He felt silken strands of her hair touch his fingertips, and thus, he instinctively brushed them away from her face.’
      • ‘His soft brown strands of silken hair shine in the fading sunlight, gently sweeping into his eyes and over the planes of his face.’
      • ‘Long sheets of silken hair fell down one side of the woman's head, the other half tucked behind her ear to reveal her face.’
      • ‘Along the soft, silken petal of one of those flowers crawled a beetle.’
      • ‘But her hair, though oily from lack of care, was soft and silken.’
      • ‘Glick moved toward her and placed a gentle, silken kiss on the soft down of her cheek.’
      • ‘Alaska was always smiling with spontaneous gestures, had silken hair, soft, wrinkle free, natural skin that was most alluring.’
      • ‘He is now between 60 and 70 years old, with silver silken hair neatly arranged on a fine intelligent head.’
      • ‘Long, thin strands cascaded down her fine shoulders like silken laces of thread.’
      • ‘His long silken hair fell around his face and shoulders and contrasted with the white of his skin and his shirt.’
      smooth, soft, sleek, lustrous, fine, glossy, satiny, velvety
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Old English seolcen (see silk, -en).