American English

Definition of silk noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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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 colored shirts worn by jockeys (= people riding horses in a race)
  5. Idioms
    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 Learner's Dictionary entry: silk