AskDefine | Define plush

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plush adj : characterized by extravagance and profusion; "a lavish buffet"; "a lucullan feast" [syn: lavish, lucullan, lush, plushy] n : a fabric with a nap that is longer and softer than velvet

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  1. very extravagant
  2. very expensive, or appearing expensive
    • They lived in a plush apartment complex.


plush (no plural)
  1. A textile fabric with a nap or shag on one side, longer and softer than the nap of velvet.
  2. a type of child’s toy, filled with soft material, usually an animal
    • plush animal


A textile fabric
a type of child’s toy

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Extensive Definition

Plush (from French ) is a textile having a cut nap or pile the same as fustian or velvet. Originally the pile of plush consisted of mohair or worsted yarn, but now silk by itself or with a cotton backing is used for plush, the distinction from velvet being found in the longer and less dense pile of plush. The material is largely used for upholstery and furniture purposes, and is also much employed in dress and millinery.
Modern plush is commonly manufactured from synthetic fibres such as polyester. It is one of the number one areas to make toys. Small stuffed animals made from plush fabric, such as teddy bears, are known as plushies. The French term for "teddy bear" is . Large volume production of plush products occurred in California starting in the 1980s with companies such as Applause and Dakin.
Plush has lately been given a new lease of life as one of the main materials out which art toys or urban vinyl are made. For example, Friends With You have released plush art toys.

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plush in Bulgarian: Плюш
plush in German: Plüsch
plush in Spanish: Peluche
plush in French: Peluche
plush in Italian: Peluche
plush in Dutch: Pluche (textiel)
plush in Polish: Plusz
plush in Portuguese: Peluche

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