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EtymologyEdit

From Middle English silken, selken, seolkene, from Old English seolcen, seolucen (made of silk, silken), equivalent to silk +‎ -en (made of). Cognate with Scots selkin, silkin (silken), Icelandic silki (silken).

PronunciationEdit

AdjectiveEdit

silken (not comparable)

  1. Made of silk.
    a silken veil
  2. Having a smooth, soft, or light texture, like that of silk; suggestive of silk.
  3. (figuratively, of speech, singing, oratory, etc.) Smoothly uttered; flowing, subtle, or convincing in presentation.
    • Shakespeare
      Silken terms precise.
  4. (obsolete) Dressed in silk.
    • Shakespeare
      A [] silken wanton.

SynonymsEdit

  • (made of silk): seric (rare)

TranslationsEdit

VerbEdit

silken (third-person singular simple present silkens, present participle silkening, simple past and past participle silkened)

  1. (transitive) To render silken or silklike.
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Norwegian BokmålEdit

NounEdit

silken m

  1. definite singular of silke

Norwegian NynorskEdit

NounEdit

silken m

  1. definite singular of silke