[ sat-n ]
/ ˈsæt n /


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


of or like satin; smooth; glossy.
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

Related forms

sat·in·like, adjective

Can be confused

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British Dictionary definitions for satin


/ (ˈsætɪn) /


a fabric of silk, rayon, etc, closely woven to show much of the warp, giving a smooth glossy appearance
(modifier) of or like satin in texturea satin finish

Derived Forms

satin-like, adjectivesatiny, adjective

Word Origin for 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
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