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 Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for sateen

Historical Examples of sateen

  • And you thought it wouldnt show if you had it made up on sateen.

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

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

  • 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.

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British Dictionary definitions for sateen



a glossy linen or cotton fabric, woven in such a way that it resembles satin

Word Origin for sateen

C19: changed from satin, on the model of velveteen
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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).

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