Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A closely napped fabric resembling velvet, used chiefly for clothing and upholstery.
  • n. A felt resembling velvet, used in making hats.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A knit fabric similar to velvet, but usually somewhat coarser.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. heavy fabric that resembles velvet

Etymologies

Alteration of French velours, velvet, from Old French velour, alteration of velous, from Old Provençal velos, from Latin villōsus, hairy, from villus, shaggy hair.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French velours. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Pretty, dressy skirts have been much in vogue for the last few years, and velour is a good choice for being dressy in winter.

    Dignified Dress

  • The car mats and headrests are made from soft velour which is adormed with the Carlsson horse.

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  • Rough-textured leathers such as velour or nubuck are dyed throughout and require a new layer of colour.

    The Earth Times Online Newspaper

  • I actually have one vintage pillbox hat that says it’s made of velour which is in fact felted fur, the softest type.

    Fashion: A Bygone Era of Hats « Colleen Anderson

  • She took a step into the room and perched on the worn arm of a green velour armchair.

    Choker

  • There was a headless silver dummy with a bad-ass pink Apple Bottoms velour tracksuit like the ones all the girls be wearing.

    Real wifeys

  • Rita seemed chipper this morning, Lucy noticed, and a little more dressed up than usual, with a dash of bright pink lipstick and dangling, beaded earrings that matched her purple velour jogging suit.

    A Stitch Before Dying

  • Mars slipped into a cream-colored, velour Sean John sweatsuit and zipped the jacket over his bare chest.

    Larger Than Lyfe

  • “And as you can see, per your request, no ‘cheesy red velour or whorehouse set-ups.’”

    I.O.U.

  • She pauses for dramatic effect, and I check out her outfit, which is nice, but unremarkable, a soft black sweater and a dark brown velour skirt over black tights and very cool-looking biker boots.

    Ten Miles Past Normal

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  • Have you and her been taking pictures of your obsessions?
    Because I met a boy who went through one of your sessions
    In his blue velour and silk
    You liberated
    A boy I never rated
    And now he's throwing discus
    For Liverpool and Widnes
    You liberated
    A boy I never rated
    And now he's doing business


    (The stars of track and field, by Belle and Sebastian)

    August 24, 2008

  • Good reference.

    July 29, 2007

  • “Leela, it's real velour. Just let yourself go.”

    July 29, 2007