Definition of devoré in US English:


(also devore)


  • A velvet fabric with a pattern formed by burning the pile away with acid.

    as modifier ‘a devoré top’
    • ‘There is a pretty, pleated chiffon one with detachable corsage and ribbon belt, a red devoré dress with wide ribbon belt and a sequin-sprinkled, pale-pink mesh version.’
    • ‘It was during his college years that he learnt his trademark and highly specialised craft of working with a silk and velvet mix known as devore velvet.’
    • ‘The clothes feature contrasting materials, as seems to be prevalent this season: coats with felt stitching over silk crêpe dresses, and artificial leather against devoré silk.’
    • ‘Burnt out devore velvets will be a strong fashion as they look great in rich jewel tones.’
    • ‘The high street is heaving with devore tops and ruched satin trousers, while supermarkets are stuffed with beaded dresses and strappy sandals with killer heels.’
    • ‘Fabrics here include silk damask devores, silk damask and stripes and plains inspired by Imperial Russia.’
    • ‘Textures included silk velvets, velveteen and devorés, paillettes and satins.’
    • ‘Blair says, ‘What I've done is soften the colours, bleach and fade the prints in some cases, and put them on chiffons or devoré velvets.’’


1990s from French dévoré, literally ‘devoured’, past participle of dévorer.