defile

Pronounced: dih-FILE (or dih-FIE-uhl), verb

Notes: If you’re thinking that I posted an easy word, this is not the word that means “to contaminate”. Although that word is spelled and pronounced the same, it has a different meaning and a different origin that today’s word. Do you know it?


Yesterday’s word

The word velutinous means “soft and smooth like velvet”

Background

Short and simple: the word is from the Latin word veluntum (velvet).

First usage

This word came into English in the mid-1800s

Published by Richard

Christian, lover-of-knowledge, Texan, and other things.

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