Definition of silk in English:

silk

noun

  • 1A fine, strong, soft, lustrous fiber produced by silkworms in making cocoons and collected to make thread and fabric.

    • ‘Lance's dark hair was sleekly combed, his clothes made from soft silk, and he wore well-fitted slacks that appeared to be brand new.’
    • ‘It was made of fine silk and sewn and embroidered with silver thread, tiny gems sewn at the wrist, neck, and hem of her skirts.’
    • ‘The deep green surcoat, woven of the finest silk, emphasized the splendor of his accouterments.’
    • ‘The strongest silk, however, is made by caterpillars that refuse to be domesticated.’
    • ‘Some of their black uniforms were made out of silk or other fine material instead of the rough cotton that the other students wore.’
    • ‘They dressed in their finest gowns of silk and satin, jewels of gold, elegant shoes and shawls.’
    • ‘Silk moth cocoons are made of a layer of silk that the caterpillar exudes from glands in its mouth.’
    • ‘The woman, dressed in intricately patterns of fine silk, sat on the cushioned chair, and took the glass of wine the page had set before her.’
    • ‘Choose clothing made of soft fabrics like cotton or silk.’
    • ‘Laces were typically made from flax, silk, metal wrapped silk and some cotton and wool.’
    • ‘The robe was made of a dark blue silk that was so soft, so finely woven, that the person wearing it forgot that they were wearing anything at all.’
    • ‘She had a gown of the finest silk and pure white Chantilly lace.’
    • ‘The kimono itself looked like it was made out of fine silk.’
    • ‘With my non-sticky hand I caress the fabric with my fingertips, the sensation of the soft silk delicious.’
    • ‘She let her hand glide over the soft satin and silk wondering how it would feel against her skin.’
    • ‘She was French, and she carried fine silk and precious metals for those who had settled in North America, hopefully to be traded for furs and timber.’
    • ‘I gather up the silk I have spun since the last time he came to me, and the empty flask, and fill the basket, lowering it down the cord in silence, as always.’
    • ‘Clodia flourished a brand new dress made of the finest silk, dyed richly with a deep red, trimmed with gold and deep hues of orange.’
    • ‘Her dress was of silver silk, a fine and rare material.’
    • ‘The materials are generally dominated by satin and thick silk with soft textures.’
    1. 1.1often as modifier Thread or fabric made from the fiber produced by the silkworm.
      ‘a silk shirt’
      • ‘These cloths include silk and chiffon and each piece of work takes eight to ten days, and she has to paint from four to six hours each day.’
      • ‘All are worked primarily in cross-stitch, in silk thread on linen.’
      • ‘The textile design graduate also specialises in producing scarves made from natural fibres such as silk and linen.’
      • ‘The caterpillars that spin commercial silk can make much tougher or more elastic threads, depending on how fast they're forced to spin.’
      • ‘I dug through the pile nearest me, finding clothes that were of little help: black slacks, silk shirts and nylons.’
      • ‘Inspired by the rich tradition of the sub-continent, Karuna has concentrated on pure fabrics like khadi, silks, organza, brocade, tissue, crepe and georgette.’
      • ‘Floral prints in combination with light, natural fibres like chiffon, silk and linen underscore this young and natural look.’
      • ‘Four bands of embroidered patterns on an indigo background are set against a handwoven pure silk fabric, dyed in natural browns and earth tones.’
      • ‘The fabrics used - silks, chiffon, georgettes, organza, linen and cotton - remain clearly tailor-made for taking on the spring and summer of 2003.’
      • ‘Just days before, she had been at school, dressed in a skirt and silk shirt; now she was wearing a thin, onyx leather long coat and an armor skin suit.’
      • ‘The Dressman is suitable for shirts made from silk, viscose, cotton, linen, flannel and all other non-stretch materials.’
      • ‘Her oyster silk basket-weave coat and chiffon dress proved a hit at the civil ceremony in Windsor Guildhall.’
      • ‘More fluid designs and flowers bloomed all over the catwalks, on everything from chiffon dresses and silk wraps to shirts, bikinis and kaftans.’
      • ‘His objects begin with a piece of fabric, most commonly silk, but sometimes linen or wool.’
      • ‘Devlin fitted himself into a pair of Levi jeans, a wide V-necked black silk shirt, and a pair of suede brown shoes.’
      • ‘A set of matching cotton, flannel, or silk pants and shirts are good selections.’
      • ‘I love the feel of natural fabrics; linen and silk are more lively and natural as well.’
      • ‘His sidekick, Manuel, preferred a smoother look with a haute couture nylon suit and purple silk shirt.’
      • ‘In a box of clothes for goodwill, I found a 100% silk shirt my wife had put in it.’
      • ‘For special occasions they wear silk shirts or blouses.’
      cobweb, spider's web
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    2. 1.2silks Garments made from silk, especially as worn by a jockey in the colors of a particular horse owner.
      • ‘They managed to find him racing silks, and the only outstanding dilemma was to acquire a horse big enough to carry him.’
      • ‘Highclere's light blue silks are a familiar sight on the racecourse’
      • ‘Marketing bosses even registered his bright orange and yellow racing silks with the Jockey Club for the remarkable stunt.’
      • ‘Paintings of past and present champions in action, horseshoe-shaped ear-rings and ties and scarves with jockeys' silks on them are all on sale.’
      • ‘The jockeys riding in the race will instead wear silks in colors chosen by the sponsor, paint manufacturer Dulux.’
      • ‘Mr and Mrs Braddock have started a collection of racing silks that will be on display together with photographs of some noted local winners and stable characters.’
      • ‘Dawn Remblance, from Bridlington, is influenced by the horse's name and the colour of jockey silks when it comes to backing horses.’
      • ‘The latter are individually decorated, one in the colour of Lester Piggott's silks when he rode the Duke of Chatsworth's winning horse at Ascot.’
      • ‘Brilliant blues, pretty pinks, searing yellows and grassy greens are the traditional colours of jockey silks, but at York's forthcoming race meetings we will be seeing these hues off the course as well.’
      • ‘To prepare, the chartmen memorize the jockey's silks, become aware of the horse's coloring.’
      • ‘In fact, a 20 lb sack of potatoes dressed in racing silks and strapped to a thoroughbred's back could easily be mistaken for Kieran at work!’
      • ‘All the racing silks, rare photographing, sashes and horse blankets were on display along with videos of the great races from the era of Dawn Run right up to present day champions Florida Pearl and Margarula.’
      • ‘Two English jockeys, in racing silks with whips, compete with each other for the audience's attention in a notional horse race.’
      • ‘Supporters have worn replica jockey's silks and sashes bearing the horse's name.’
      • ‘The jockeys wore brightly coloured silks, their six mounts were unusual, the distance short and the state of the track declared ‘concrete hard’.’
      • ‘The movement to add advertising to jockeys' silks leaped forward at the Kentucky Derby, two days after a judge overruled Kentucky regulations prohibiting such ads.’
      • ‘Also during the meeting, they approved a regulation with revised language to permit advertising on owner silks, jockey attire, and track saddlecloths.’
      • ‘I Two Step Too, one of the horses who portrayed Seabiscuit in the recent feature film, will be paraded on the track under a jockey bearing the silks of Charles Howard, Seabiscuit's owner.’
      • ‘Beside the replica Melbourne Cup on Oliver's casket lay the jockey's silks, rosary beads, and an Australian Rules Football jersey.’
      • ‘Jockeys also weigh in afterwards, but riders may actually weigh more if they have accumulated mud or excessive dirt on their pants or silks during the race.’
    3. 1.3Riding A cover worn over a riding hat made from a silklike fabric.
    4. 1.4British informal A Queen's (or King's) Counsel.
      • ‘After an outstanding career as a silk, your Honour was appointed to the New South Wales Court of Appeal in 2000.’
      • ‘Together with Crystal and Ham, he is known as a member of the ‘million-a-year club’ of top London silks.’
      • ‘There were people being led around by what I imagine were solicitors or junior barristers, the silks moving between courts, of which there appears to be the best part of 100 housed there, courts that is.’
      • ‘And your Lordship will, of course, note that the claimant was represented by a silk and junior in this case.’
      • ‘At the time the first appointees were expected to be chosen by Easter, the traditional time for the annual announcement of new silks.’
      • ‘I dare say that had she briefed a silk in the first place she would have been acquitted and saved a large sum because the case would not have run for five days let alone five weeks.’
    5. 1.5 Any silklike threads that grow in plants, such as at the end of an ear of corn or in a milkweed pod.
      • ‘Then cut into thin pieces; boil over low heat in water with 20g corn silk, and season with salt.’
      • ‘She had hair like corn silk, he like rich dark chocolate.’
      • ‘Corn silk and leaves were tangled in his curls and clung to his clothes.’
      • ‘The tassel on the corn had to pollinate the silk, otherwise no corn will grow.’

Origin

Old English sioloc, seolec, from late Latin sericum, neuter of Latin sericus, based on Greek Sēres, the name given to the inhabitants of the East Asian countries from which silk first came overland to Europe.

Pronunciation

silk

/sɪlk//silk/