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

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 Dress up in your leisure suits and satin dresses and head to the Newport Car Barn (1102 Brighton St., Newport) for the final performance of the KYSO's 30th anniversary season. Luann Gibbs, The Enquirer, 18 May 2022 Those long foam tubes covered in silk or satin have been all over the social media platform and are quickly becoming the new, cool way to get heatless curls. Jihan Forbes, Allure, 6 Mar. 2022 If a model had a steam setting (which our top three do), it was also assessed in the test, with the exclusion of satin which should never be steamed. Janine Henni,, 15 Apr. 2022 Also, don’t strip delicate fabrics, such as lace and satin or dry clean-only fabrics like cashmere. Richard A. Marini, San Antonio Express-News, 10 Mar. 2022 From the Pre-Fall 2022 collection of designer Sally LaPointe, the dress is crafted of double-faced satin and was recently acquired by Biden’s team. Laurie Brookins, The Hollywood Reporter, 1 Mar. 2022 The outer layer in the Eddie Bauer coat was made of high thread-count cotton; obviously, the other fashion coat was made of satin. Quartz Staff, Quartz, 31 Jan. 2022 But synthetic satin is not as luxuriously smooth as the real silk used in LILYSILK's Silk Curling Headband. Jacqueline Saguin, Good Housekeeping, 8 Apr. 2022 Kevin looked classically cool in a white Gucci tux jacket with satin lapels, and Christine chose a black gown with sparkly silver detailing and a daring slit. Katie Bowlby, Country Living, 3 Apr. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective One of my tricks, at busiest times, is to not completely unpack but to keep my toiletries in clear bags, and some basics (like my performance shoes, jewelry, and a little satin bag of undergarments) sitting in a suitcase on the floor. Irene S. Levine, Forbes, 1 May 2022 Available in a variety of colors and patterns, these satin pillowcases are gentle on hair (but tough enough to handle the washing machine) and come in a set of two. Corinne Sullivan, Woman's Day, 28 Apr. 2022 The engine bay is finished in smooth-satin Charcoal Metallic paint, looking infinitely more refined than what the owner of a Corvette would have seen 60 years ago. Robert Ross, Robb Report, 21 Mar. 2022 The group — like many other ones of that era — went dormant until about 20 years ago, until Andrews, her close friend and neighbor, tried on a satin dress that Kimble kept from her grandmother’s time. Washington Post, 1 Mar. 2022 Investing in a satin pillowcase can help tame your mane, and thousands of shoppers swear by this affordable silk-like pillowcase from Amazon. Nicol Natale,, 6 Feb. 2022 Its design took notes more directly from the film, borrowing from an aerial security transport spaceship known as the Recognizer; a satin-black diamond-panel exhaust system was designed to resemble the spaceship itself. Hannah Selinger, WSJ, 4 May 2022 The set is available in blush or blue, and comes packaged in a pretty satin pouch, so no gift wrapping required! Emily Vanschmus, Better Homes & Gardens, 15 Apr. 2022 While most satin slip dresses feature cowl necks, Bieber's highlighted her cleavage and looped around the back of her neck, putting a nostalgic twist on the staple style. Claire Harmeyer,, 7 Mar. 2022 See More

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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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19 May 2022

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“Satin.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2022.

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

Kids Definition of satin

: a cloth with a smooth shiny surface

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