Pronunciation Noun


  1. A cloth or stuff made of matted fibres of wool, or wool and fur, fulled or wrought into a compact substance by rolling and pressure, with lees or size, without spinning or weaving.
    • c. 1603–1606, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of King Lear”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act IV, scene 6]:
      It were a delicate stratagem to shoe A troop of horse with felt.
  2. A hat made of felt.
  3. (obsolete) A skin or hide; a fell; a pelt.
Related terms
  • felt grain: the grain of timber which is transverse to the annular rings or plates; the direction of the medullary rays in oak and some other timber. — Knight
  • felt-tip pen
  • coated felt sheet
  • saturated felt
Translations Translations Verb

felt (felts, present participle felting; past and past participle felted)

  1. (transitive) To make into felt, or a feltlike substance; to cause to adhere and mat together.
  2. (transitive) To cover with, or as if with, felt.
    to felt the cylinder of a steam engine
  3. (transitive, poker) To cause a player to lose all their chips.
  • German: filzen
  • Portuguese: feltrar
  • Portuguese: feltrar
  1. Simple past tense and past participle of feel


  1. That has been experienced or perceived.
    • 2009, Diarmaid MacCulloch, A History of Christianity, Penguin 2010, p. 257:
      Conversions to Islam can therefore be a deeply felt aesthetic experience that rarely occurs in Christian accounts of conversion, which are generally the source rather than the result of a Christian experience of beauty.

Proper noun
  1. Surname


felt (plural felts)

  1. (astronomy) Acronym of fast-evolving luminous transient a type of supernova

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