Pronunciation: (silk),[key] —n. 1. the soft, lustrous fiber obtained as a filament from the cocoon of the silkworm.
2. thread made from this fiber.
3. cloth made from this fiber.
4. a garment of this cloth.
5. a gown of such material worn distinctively by a King's or Queen's Counsel at the English bar.
6. silks,the blouse and peaked cap, considered together, worn by a jockey or sulky driver in a race.
7. Informal.a parachute, esp. one opened aloft.
8. any fiber or filamentous matter resembling silk, as a filament produced by certain spiders, the thread of a mollusk, or the like.
9. the hairlike styles on an ear of corn.
10. Brit. Informal. a. a King's or Queen's Counsel.
b. any barrister of high rank.
11. hit the silk,Slang.to parachute from an aircraft; bail out.
12. take silk,Brit.to become a Queen's or King's Counsel.
—adj. 1. made of silk.
2. resembling silk; silky.
3. of or pertaining to silk.
—v.i. (of corn) to be in the course of developing silk.