[ sat-n ]
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  1. a fabric in a warp-effect or filling-effect satin weave, as acetate, rayon, nylon, or silk, often having a glossy face and a soft, slippery texture.

  1. a dress or other garment of satin: She wore her green satin.

  1. of or like satin; smooth; glossy.

  2. made of or covered or decorated with satin: a satin pillow.

Origin of satin

1325–75; Middle English satyn(e) <Middle French satin, probably <Arabic (aṭlas) zaytūnī (satin) of Zaitun a city in China where the cloth was made, probably Tsinkiang

Other words from satin

  • sat·in·like, adjective

Words that may be confused with satin

Words Nearby satin Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use satin in a sentence

  • The box of the diplomatic corps was just opposite us, and our gay little Mrs. F. sat in it dressed in white satin.

  • With her little satin shoe she tapped the carpet, biting her under lip and seeming to be listening.

    Dope | Sax Rohmer
  • It was all cherry satin and white lace, the furniture lilliputian, to match the proportions of the room and the lady.

    Ancestors | Gertrude Atherton
  • The golden shimmer of Edna's satin gown spread in rich folds on either side of her.

  • She took his arm, which he offered her, holding up the weight of her satin train with the other hand.

British Dictionary definitions for satin


/ (ˈsætɪn) /

  1. a fabric of silk, rayon, etc, closely woven to show much of the warp, giving a smooth glossy appearance

  2. (modifier) of or like satin in texture: a satin finish

Origin of satin

C14: via Old French from Arabic zaitūnī of Zaytūn, Arabic rendering of Chinese Tseutung (now Tsinkiang), port in southern China from which the cloth was probably first exported

Derived forms of satin

  • satin-like, adjective
  • satiny, adjective

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