- a velvetlike fabric of rayon, wool, or any of several other natural or synthetic fibers, used for outerwear and upholstery.
- a velvety fur felt, as of beaver, for hats.
- any of various fabrics with a velvet-like finish, used for upholstery, coats, hats, etc
1706, from French velours “velvet,” from Old French velour, alteration of velous, from Old Provençal velos, from Latin villosus (adj.) “shaggy” (in Medieval Latin “velvet”), from villus “shaggy hair, tuft of hair” (see velvet).