One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A lustrous fabric resembling velvet, made of silk or rayon and having a flattened pile.
- ‘This dress, representative of the transition from 1920s to 1930s styles, is made of unlined panne velvet and is accompanied by a waist-length jacket of the same material.’
- ‘The ensemble includes panne velvet cape with neck and belly strap, with attached leopard print collar and tie on pimp hat.’
- ‘Bodywrappers offers lightweight crushed (panne) velvet jazz pants and, if your school doesn't specify ‘black only,’ you may want to check out the hand-dyed jazz pants in lilac, royal, and white swirls from Watercolours.’
Late 18th century: from French, of unknown origin.
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