[ sat-n-wood ]

  1. the satiny wood of an East Indian tree, Chloroxylon swietenia, of the rue family, used especially for making furniture.

  2. the tree itself.

Origin of satinwood

First recorded in 1785–95; satin + wood1

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

How to use satinwood in a sentence

  • The furniture would be just perfectly fine—rosewood and satinwood, and one room all ebony and pale yellow satin.

    Quicksilver Sue | Laura Elizabeth Howe Richards
  • Haven't you been in rooms where there was a jumble of mission furniture, satinwood, fine old mahogany and gilt-legged chairs?

    The House in Good Taste | Elsie de Wolfe
  • The serrated mottler or marbler (Fig. 21) is used for maple or satinwood in distemper or for marbling.

    Practical Graining | William E. (William Edmund) Wall
  • The waved mottler (Fig. 18) is used for representing maple, mahogany or satinwood in distemper.

    Practical Graining | William E. (William Edmund) Wall
  • The fitch or sable piped overgrainer (Fig. 24) is used in distemper for maple, satinwood or other delicate work.

    Practical Graining | William E. (William Edmund) Wall

British Dictionary definitions for satinwood


/ (ˈsætɪnˌwʊd) /

  1. a rutaceous tree, Chloroxylon swietenia, that occurs in the East Indies and has hard wood with a satiny texture

  2. the wood of this tree, used in veneering, cabinetwork, marquetry, etc

  1. West Indian Satinwood another name for yellowwood (def. 2)

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