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



BrE BrE//ˈvelvɪt//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈvelvɪt//
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  • a type of cloth made from silk, cotton or nylon, with a thick soft surface a velvet dress velvet curtains/drapes curtains of heavy crimson velvet
  • Word OriginMiddle English: from Old French veluotte, from velu ‘velvety’, from medieval Latin villutus, from Latin villus ‘tuft, down’.Idioms
    an iron fist/hand (in a velvet glove)
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    if you use the words an iron fist/hand when describing the way that somebody behaves, you mean that they treat people severely. This treatment may be hidden behind a kind appearance (the velvet glove). They promised that the army would strike with an iron fist at any resistance. The iron hand in the velvet glove approach seems to work best with this age group.
    See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: velvet