adjective Date: before 12th century 1. made or consisting of silk 2. resembling silk: as a. soft, lustrous b. (1) agreeably smooth ; harmonious <
a silken voice
(2) suave, ingratiating 3. a. dressed in silk <
silken ankles
b. having a richly luxurious quality

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  • Silken — Silk en, a. [AS. seolcen, seolocen.] 1. Of or pertaining to silk; made of, or resembling, silk; as, silken cloth; a silken veil. [1913 Webster] 2. Fig.: Soft; delicate; tender; smooth; as, silken language. Silken terms precise. Shak. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • silken — [sil′kən] adj. [ME < OE seolcen: see SILK & EN] 1. made of silk 2. dressed in silk 3. like silk in appearance, texture, quality, etc.; specif., a) soft, smooth, or glossy b) smooth and ingratiating …   English World dictionary

  • Silken — Silk en, v. t. To render silken or silklike. Dyer. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • silken — O.E. seolcen; see SILK (Cf. silk) + EN (Cf. en) (2) …   Etymology dictionary

  • silken — silken, silky *sleek, slick, glossy, velvety, satiny Analogous words: lustrous, luminous, lambent (see BRIGHT) …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • silken — see en adjectives …   Modern English usage

  • silken — [[t]sɪ̱lkən[/t]] 1) ADJ: usu ADJ n Silken is used to describe things that are very pleasantly smooth and soft. [LITERARY] Christabel ran her fingers slowly through her long silken hair. ...her long, silken legs. Syn: silky 2) ADJ: ADJ n A silken… …   English dictionary

  • silken — silk|en [ sılkən ] adjective LITERARY 1. ) very soft, smooth, or shiny: silken hair silken skin 2. ) made of silk: a silken shirt 3. ) very soft and gentle: a silken voice …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • silken — UK [ˈsɪlkən] / US adjective literary 1) very soft, smooth, or shiny silken hair silken skin 2) made of silk a silken shirt 3) very soft and gentle a silken voice …   English dictionary

  • silken — silk|en [ˈsılkən] adj [usually before noun] literary 1.) soft, smooth, and shiny like silk ▪ her silken hair 2.) made of silk ▪ a silken handkerchief …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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