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 black-and-satin-nickel pendant lights above the island are from Lamps Plus and provide a bit of curvature in an otherwise linear design. Sally Kuchar, Sunset Magazine, "Sunset’s 2019 Idea House Gets Outfitted by LA Designer Superstars ETC.etera," 13 Jan. 2020 For her final outfit change, Gomez slipped into a floor-length gown composed of ornamental straps, yellow satin, and transparent green lace. Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, "Yes, Selena Gomez Really Did Wear Four Different Outfits at the AMAs," 25 Nov. 2019 The room was decorated with artificial palm trees, and the ceiling was covered by a blue satin-like fabric., "“This was a very fast fire,” he said.," 27 Nov. 2019 Standout pieces in the collection include a sequined burgundy one-shoulder jumpsuit, a metallic leopard print ruffled minidress, and a glamorously timeless black satin V-neck jumpsuit. Kara Nesvig, Teen Vogue, "Plus-Size Fashion Brand Ashley Stewart Partners with Kendall + Kylie for New Holiday Collection," 21 Nov. 2019 With a bolt of thunder, Garcia's Johnny Rocco appears at the top of the stairs, cocooned in a red satin dressing gown, the only vibrant hue in an otherwise dingy palette. Jordan Riefe, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Key Largo': Theater Review," 16 Nov. 2019 One half was black velvet and the other white satin. Leanne Italie, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Pink and red combos, Hollywood gold on the Emmys carpet," 22 Sep. 2019 Porter’s lemon-yellow satin gown packed a punch at Halpern when layered underneath his iridescent printed overcoat. Katie Intner,, "Billy Porter Had the Most Fun at London Fashion Week, Wearing 12 Different Outfits in 3 Days," 17 Sep. 2019 There are double-breasted suits and trench jackets that provide the backbone of the classic work wardrobe, but there's also a blue satin suit and dress that adds some playfulness and a splash of color to the mix. Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "This New Brand Is One of Fashion Week’s Most Important Launches," 13 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The Resort collection features handwoven patterns on chemical-free fabrics and labels made from organic cotton, satin and recycled paper. Nandi Howard, Essence, "Dior Taps These Black Artist And More Jan/Feb Style News," 8 Jan. 2020 Higher-quality material, such as satin, velvet or grosgrain ribbons will not only look nice on gifts, but will last for future uses. Micah Walker, Detroit Free Press, "Here's how to recycle wrapping paper, other Christmas decorations," 27 Dec. 2019 Using the chrome, matte, shimmer, and satin finishes, any makeup lover can create tons of unique looks. Jessica Kasparian, USA TODAY, "Black Friday 2019: The best early Sephora deals available right now," 26 Nov. 2019 Khlo came through in a glittery suit set (and NO shirt, fyi), while Kim wore an elegant satin gown with a really over-the-top train. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "Kylie Jenner is Flaunting Major Cleavage in Sexy Christmas Party Dress," 16 Dec. 2019 Enter this Craftsman set: nice, big acetate handles, high-carbon steel blades with a satin nickel finish and precisely machined tips. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, "18 Essential Tools For Your First Woodshop," 15 Oct. 2019 The actress looked simply stunning in Saint Laurent's asymmetric gathered silk-satin minidress, which is still available to shop. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Katie Holmes Braved the Rain in a Little Black Dress and Sheer Tights," 23 Oct. 2019 The chairs and table are of simple design, and, with the elegantly upholstered settee and their rich, blue-satin tables, blend most harmoniously with the other furnishings of the room. Merrie Monteagudo, San Diego Union-Tribune, "From the Archives: An 1887 tour of the Villa Montezuma," 29 Sep. 2019 Models wore black-and-white looks mixed with opulent tones of amethyst, crimson, sapphire blue and yellow in satin, velvet, lame, sequined cashmere and faux fur. Washington Post, "Janelle Monae rocked Ralph Lauren’s jazz club of yesteryear," 7 Sep. 2019

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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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19 Jan 2020

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“Satin.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 21 January 2020.

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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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