Definition of panne in US English:


(also panne velvet)


  • A lustrous fabric resembling velvet, made of silk or rayon and having a flattened pile.

    • ‘The ensemble includes panne velvet cape with neck and belly strap, with attached leopard print collar and tie on pimp hat.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.