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[sa-teen] /sæˈtin/
a strong cotton fabric constructed in satin weave and having a lustrous face.
Origin of sateen
1875-80; variant of satin, by association with velveteen Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • You are already married, and can only offer the plaintiff the position of a rival wife, or "sateen," as you call it.

  • sateen is also a durable cotton material, but it is not so warm.

    Clothing and Health Helen Kinne
  • Quickly she collapsed, her sateen hanging in loose, ragged strips.

  • While you are waiting for the samples of wool serges, galatea, and sateen, let us study about wool.

    Clothing and Health Helen Kinne
  • sateen—A close twilled cotton fabric, soft and glossy, used for lining.

    Textiles and Clothing Kate Heintz Watson
  • They are made in white calico, also in sateen for coloured shirts.

  • The costumes of organdy and sateen were quite as pretty as the model of silk and satin.

    Two Little Women Carolyn Wells
  • For the dresses of the richer group in the chancel, sateen is best.

    Why the Chimes Rang: A Play in One Act Elizabeth Apthorp McFadden
  • Some girls have probably chosen serge for their bloomers, and some have ordered galatea or sateen.

    Clothing and Health Helen Kinne
  • And now Gwendolyn, astonished, saw that too much laughter had again remolded that sateen bulk.

British Dictionary definitions for sateen


a glossy linen or cotton fabric, woven in such a way that it resembles satin
Word Origin
C19: changed from satin, on the model of velveteen
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for sateen

"glossy cloth resembling satin," 1835, variant of satin (q.v.), perhaps influenced by velveteen, where the ending is a variant of -ine (1).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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