Definition of silk noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//sɪlk//
    ; NAmE NAmE//sɪlk//
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  1. 1  [uncountable] fine soft thread produced by silkworms
  2. 2   [uncountable] a type of fine smooth cloth made from silk thread a silk blouse silk stockings made of pure silk Her skin was as smooth as silk. see also watered silk
  3. 3[uncountable] silk thread used for sewing
  4. 4silks [plural] clothes made of silk, especially the coloured shirts worn by people riding horses in a race (= jockeys)
  5. 5[countable] (British English, law) a type of lawyer who represents the government (= a King’s Counsel / Queen’s Counsel) to take silk (= to become this type of lawyer)
  6. Word OriginOld English sioloc, seolec, from late Latin sericum, neuter of Latin sericus, based on Greek Sēres, the name given to the inhabitants of the Far Eastern countries from which silk first came overland to Europe.Extra examples a drawing room decorated in rich blue and purple silks an evening dress of pure white silk fine silks produced in Italy ladies in silks and satins the bright silks of sarisIdioms
    make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear
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    to succeed in making something good out of material that does not seem very good at all
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: silk