sat·​in | \ ˈsa-tᵊn How to pronounce satin (audio) \

Definition of satin

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a fabric (as of silk) in satin weave with lustrous face and dull back



Definition of satin (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : made of or covered with satin
2 : suggestive of satin especially in smooth lustrous appearance or sleekness to touch

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Synonyms & Antonyms for satin

Synonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Adjective

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Examples of satin in a Sentence

Noun a dress made of satin Adjective the satin petals of a rose
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The Duchess chose a white strapless satin gown with detailing around the waist for the evening wedding reception, which was held at Buckingham Palace. Maggie Maloney, Town & Country, 20 Apr. 2021 It is machined with high-precision diamond tools and then pre-polished and satin-brushed before being hand-finished. Paige Reddinger, Robb Report, 19 Mar. 2021 At the ceremony on May 15, the pop goddess wore towering heels under her lily-white gown, designed by Vera Wang, and a romantic version of her classic half-up, half-down hair under a veil with an adorable satin bow. Zoe Haylock, Vulture, 26 May 2021 Perhaps, the image suggests, these are descendants of a holy lineage, and this child dressed in satin robes is, in fact, a tiny newborn king, sent to offer redemption. New York Times, 5 May 2021 The room glowed warm and blurry behind her, pink satin sheets shimmering. Forsyth Harmon,, 3 Mar. 2021 In another image, Halsey ditches the triangle top and poses topless in front of a cascading satin fabric backdrop. Bianca Betancourt, Harper's BAZAAR, 27 Jan. 2021 There are seven different colors to pick from, including satin, white, cream, graphite gray, chrome, light gray, and bronze. Chris Hachey, BGR, 4 May 2021 Then, in the '70s, the style towered to new heights, literally, when Yves Saint Laurent sent a red satin pair with a two-inch wedge by Isabel Sauras and Lorenzo Castañer down the runway, spawning a whole new espadrille revolution. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, 1 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Flordelis had a king-size bed, with a white leatherette headboard and a scarlet spread embroidered with satin ribbons. Jon Lee Anderson, The New Yorker, 7 June 2021 For their smaller ceremony, the couple chose hot pink as their signature color — in a satin suit for her and dress pants for him. Carolyn Said, San Francisco Chronicle, 21 May 2021 At the 2020 Oscars, Timothée Chalamet pinned a vintage ruby and diamond Cartier to his Prada bomber, while Antonio Banderas decorated his satin lapel with diamonds. Leena Kim, Town & Country, 14 May 2021 For me, that might mean treating myself to the satin pajamas even though the cotton ones are more practical, or subscribing to a meal planning kit that makes cooking weeknight dinners that much easier. Terri Huggins Hart, Woman's Day, 7 May 2021 There’s the contrast between the size of their hands, and the interplay of textures between blue satin and dark skin. New York Times, 5 May 2021 Matte finishes boast more of an informal feel, while glossy and satin finishes read elegant and sleek. Laura Lajiness, Vogue, 17 Apr. 2021 Like a musical therapist, Stone began building a narrative, asking Sales to start in the dressing room and make her way to the spotlight in a satin gown and imagine singing that song in front of an audience. Gil Kaufman, Billboard, 20 Apr. 2021 With the use of their 100% microfiber exterior, the luxurious satin interior protects hair from friction-causing breakage and prevents moisture getting to your hair. Joseph Deacetis, Forbes, 19 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of satin


14th century, in the meaning defined above


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for satin


Middle English, from Anglo-French, probably from Arabic zaytūnī, literally, of Zaytūn, seaport in China during the Middle Ages

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The first known use of satin was in the 14th century

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12 Jun 2021

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“Satin.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of satin

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: cloth that has a smooth, shiny surface



English Language Learners Definition of satin (Entry 2 of 2)

: made of or covered with satin
: having a smooth and shiny surface


sat·​in | \ ˈsa-tᵊn How to pronounce satin (audio) \

Kids Definition of satin

: a cloth with a smooth shiny surface

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