Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
1[mass noun] A closely woven fabric of silk, cotton, or nylon, that has a thick short pile on one side:‘an armchair covered in velvet’[as modifier] ‘red velvet curtains’
fibres, threads, loopsView synonyms
- ‘They sat, as they always did, in the faded velvet armchairs on either side of the fire.’
- ‘The water was liquid velvet against his skin, and the scent of orchids filled the air as he swam.’
- ‘She pressed her face into the soft blue velvet of her mother's dress.’
- ‘I'm also launching some new shades of neutral colours to expand my working palette and some vintage velvet fabrics.’
- ‘The materials used are silk, silk organza, cotton, brocade and velvet.’
- ‘Even centuries later, the rich damasks and velvets favored for upholstery would be seen as the height of chic.’
- ‘I'm a jeans girl really but silk and velvet have to have their place if one is going to dress up.’
- ‘The Chinese-style dresses, skirts and tops come in shimmering silk and voluptuous velvet.’
- ‘The textile designer Ciaran Sweeney is a man of many fabrics, but he is best known for his flamboyant work with silk and silk velvet.’
- ‘I lifted up the skirt of my ruby velvet dress and walked towards him.’
- ‘The firelight caught the cut of the diamonds and they sparkled against the burgundy velvet.’
- ‘Do not wear velvet or satin in the summer.’
- ‘It was a pretty room, with a large window shrouded by thick, red, velvet curtains.’
- ‘She opened the window and sat down on the velvet covered window seat.’
- ‘There is considerable debate among textile historians as to where velvet was first woven.’
- ‘The girls looked stunning in silk, chiffon and velvet as they modelled two-piece outfits and flowing ensembles.’
- ‘Hastily, she twisted her hair into a loose bun and then pulled on the hood over her head, savoring the soft feeling of velvet against her skin.’
- ‘On top of the white velvet lining lay a delicate circlet of diamonds.’
- ‘The bride wore a dress made of ivory silk georgette embroidered with rows of tiny antique silk velvet rosebuds, with a two metre train.’
- ‘Her skin was lightly tanned and looked as smooth and as soft as velvet.’
- 1.1 Soft downy skin that covers a deer's antler while it is growing:‘a moose was rubbing the velvet from his antlers’‘the bucks are still in velvet’
- ‘Before that, they are in velvet [growing antlers] and milling about in big herds like cows and do not represent a sporting quarry.’
- ‘Then there's the period of antler shedding, and the months they're in velvet.’
- ‘The collection of deer antler velvet is reportedly quite cruel by western standards.’
- ‘The bucks were so close that I could see the velvet on their antlers - from the safety of my car.’
informal, dated In an advantageous or prosperous position.
Middle English: from Old French veluotte, from velu velvety, from medieval Latin villutus, from Latin villus tuft, down.
We take a look at several popular, though confusing, punctuation marks.
From Afghanistan to Zimbabwe, discover surprising and intriguing language facts from around the globe.
The definitions of ‘buddy’ and ‘bro’ in the OED have recently been revised. We explore their history and increase in popularity.