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    • [silk]
    • /sɪlk/
    • /sɪlk/
    • US Pronunciation
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    • [silk]
    • /sɪlk/

Definitions of silk word

  • noun silk the soft, lustrous fiber obtained as a filament from the cocoon of the silkworm. 1
  • noun silk thread made from this fiber. 1
  • noun silk cloth made from this fiber. 1
  • noun silk a garment of this cloth. 1
  • noun silk a gown of such material worn distinctively by a King's or Queen's Counsel at the English bar. 1
  • noun silk silks, the blouse and peaked cap, considered together, worn by a jockey or sulky driver in a race. 1

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Origin of silk

First appearance:

before 900
One of the 4% oldest English words
before 900; Middle English (noun); Old English sioloc, seol(o)c (cognate with Old Norse silki), by uncertain transmission < Greek sērikón silk, noun use of neuter of sērikós silken, literally, Chinese, derivative of Sêres the Chinese (Russian shëlk, OPruss silkas (genitive) “silk” appear to be < Gmc); cf. seric-

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Parts of speech for Silk


silk popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 98% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

silk usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for silk

noun silk

  • bandanna — A bandanna is a brightly-coloured piece of cloth which is worn around a person's neck or head.
  • flax — any plant of the genus Linum, especially L. usitatissimum, a slender, erect, annual plant having narrow, lance-shaped leaves and blue flowers, cultivated for its fiber and seeds.
  • floss — the cottony fiber yielded by the silk-cotton tree.
  • lint — minute shreds or ravelings of yarn; bits of thread.
  • lints — minute shreds or ravelings of yarn; bits of thread.

adj silk

  • cottony — of or like cotton; downy; fluffy

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