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sat·​in ˈsa-tᵊn How to pronounce satin (audio)
: a fabric (as of silk) in satin weave with lustrous face and dull back


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

Examples of satin in a Sentence

Noun a dress made of satin Adjective the satin petals of a rose
Recent Examples on the Web
On the creamy satin slopes of a billowing wedding dress, a (rather obviously CG-rendered) ant forges a path before being swatted out of existence. Guy Lodge, Variety, 21 Feb. 2024 Additionally, one shoulder had a draping detail of pink satin fabric that fell in dramatic glamour. Kerane Marcellus, Essence, 20 Feb. 2024 Wrapped in vegan satin that provides a friction-free grip, Kitsch’s set miniature rods won’t tug on thick or textured hair. Jenny Berg, Vogue, 11 Feb. 2024 Find it on Amazon Reduce Your Frizz with This Satin Pillowcases Wake up with fewer wrinkles and no bedhead by sleeping on satin pillowcases. Hyphensocial Contributors, Rolling Stone, 7 Feb. 2024 Donning a red satin dress with fake blood smeared on her body, Rodrigo sang a faithful rendition of the song with a live band backing her. Madison Bloom, Pitchfork, 5 Feb. 2024 This pillowcase comes in 23 different colors and prints, is constructed from 600 thread count satin material, and makes for one of the best Valentine’s Day gifts under $20. Jessie Quinn, Peoplemag, 4 Feb. 2024 At the 2024 Grammy Awards, the singer hit the red carpet wearing a varsity jacket with pink satin sleeves. Lindy Segal, Glamour, 4 Feb. 2024 The satin lacquered table and cheery chairs set the stage for fun dining and lively conversations. Vicki Payne, Charlotte Observer, 31 Jan. 2024
Pop a satin version on top of your usual night-out curls to make the 'do feel glamorous. Jasmine Washington, Seventeen, 18 Jan. 2023 From satin pillowcases to a hydrating moisturizer, all of these products are on sale for less than $25. Isabel Garcia, Peoplemag, 13 Jan. 2023 Last night, the Don't Worry Darling star attended the 2022 British Independent Film Awards in London and made an entrance in an airy baby pink satin slipdress by Rodarte and a dramatic tulle cape. Rosa Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, 5 Dec. 2022 Visit the brand's website to save up to 60 percent off a slew of clips, towels, and even satin pillowcases for great hair on a budget — no code needed. Sarah Han, Allure, 28 Nov. 2022 The experts in the Good Housekeeping Institute voted this pair the best value satin pajamas in their tests. Shanon Maglente and Cailey Lindberg, Good Housekeeping, 17 Nov. 2022 But no one loves the eye-catching arm candy as much as Balenciaga disciple Kim Kardashian, whose commitment to Demna’s vision frequently involves her wiggling into full-look stretch-satin to realize her street-style art. Alice Newbold, Vogue, 12 Jan. 2022 Other options on our list of the best down alternative comforters use a lyocell shell, which has a more satin-y texture than cotton or polyester but possesses similar breathable properties. Rachel Simon, Better Homes & Gardens, 12 Jan. 2023 Nominated for best supporting actress in a musical-comedy or drama television series, Debicki paired the satin frock with a delicate diamond collar courtesy of Dior Fine Jewlery. Hanna Lustig, Glamour, 10 Jan. 2023 See More

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Word History



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

First Known Use


14th century, in the meaning defined above


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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Cite this Entry

“Satin.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition


: a fabric (as of silk) with smooth shiny face and dull back
satin adjective

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