Definition of silken in English:



  • 1Made of silk.

    ‘a silken ribbon’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The figure's thick, apparently woolen clothing offers a striking contrast to the fine, silken garments of the Virgin in the Nativity scene.’
    • ‘Mixed colors of purple and blue tarnished the silken kimono that seemed exquisite and luxurious beyond comprehension.’
    • ‘She was wearing a sleeveless short silken white night gown and tapping her bare feet on the carpeted floors of the room.’
    • ‘Despite an insulating jacket of leather over his three layers of silken robes, he was still shivering.’
    • ‘He wore all black by way of a silken shirt, leather pants and combat boots.’
    • ‘He wore some kind of big baggy silken shirt with long sleeves that almost stretched down to the tips of his fingers.’
    • ‘She sighed and smoothed the silken band about a pale yellow hat.’
    • ‘Veronica was bathed in a paper-thin silken gown that seemed to glow in the room's light, as did her golden hair.’
    • ‘He was wearing a white military suit with a blue silken cape and a pair of epaulets on his shoulders.’
    • ‘She was dressed in a long sleeved black shirt and a silken skirt that had a red dragon on it.’
    • ‘The worn clothing had been replaced by silken robes that flickered with red, orange, and yellow light.’
    • ‘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 maid handed Larken a long silken gown of sky blue.’
    • ‘The cover shows a soldier's combat helmet side-by-side with a diplomat's silken top hat.’
    • ‘The gown shone with a gleam of a thin layer of silken silver fabric that covered the light blue.’
    • ‘She wore a flowing pale yellow skirt with ruffles and a silken blouse with puffed sleeves.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The floor is absolutely covered with all shapes and sizes of silken pillows embroidered with comforting symbols in gold thread.’
    • ‘She wears her usual style of clothes, a light grey silken blouse, and the tightly fitting black pants.’
    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’
      • ‘She had long, soft layers of silken chestnut hair that draped over her slender shoulders and cascaded down to the base of her back.’
      • ‘But her hair, though oily from lack of care, was soft and silken.’
      • ‘The human is a pretty blonde one, in adequate physical health and possessing long, soft, silken hair the color of sunlight.’
      • ‘Glick moved toward her and placed a gentle, silken kiss on the soft down of her cheek.’
      • ‘He is now between 60 and 70 years old, with silver silken hair neatly arranged on a fine intelligent head.’
      • ‘Alaska was always smiling with spontaneous gestures, had silken hair, soft, wrinkle free, natural skin that was most alluring.’
      • ‘Even silken tofu wasn't soft enough for me to want to have it uncooked.’
      • ‘Long, thin strands cascaded down her fine shoulders like silken laces of thread.’
      • ‘He remembered the soft sounds she had made and the silken feeling of her hair.’
      • ‘His long silken hair fell around his face and shoulders and contrasted with the white of his skin and his shirt.’
      • ‘Soft or silken tofu can be used for dips, spreads, sauces and sweet dishes.’
      • ‘Along the soft, silken petal of one of those flowers crawled a beetle.’
      • ‘Slowly, I bent my neck and softly kissed the side of her head, letting my mouth brush against her silken hair.’
      • ‘His soft brown strands of silken hair shine in the fading sunlight, gently sweeping into his eyes and over the planes of his face.’
      • ‘Delicately I untied the ribbon that bound his hair and unplaited the silken locks, running my fingers through their length.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He felt silken strands of her hair touch his fingertips, and thus, he instinctively brushed them away from her face.’
      • ‘He ran his hand tenderly through her hair, enjoying the silken strands sliding effortlessly through his fingers…’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      smooth, soft, sleek, lustrous, fine, glossy, satiny, velvety
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Old English seolcen (see silk, -en).