satin

noun
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

satin

adjective

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

buffed, burnished, glistening, glossy, lustrous, polished, rubbed, satiny, sleek

Antonyms: Adjective

dim, dull, flat, lusterless, matte (also mat)

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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 legendary Italian fabric company Taroni has given us wonderful archive satins in the signature colors of the evening, which are sustainable by their very nature, and they are being used for the program covers. Vogue, "A Lightness of Being—Hamish Bowles on Creative Directing the 2018 Green Carpet Fashion Awards," 23 Sep. 2018 The same style is also available in vibrant pink and yellow satin. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Amal Clooney Wore a Slinky Velvet Minidress to Jennifer Aniston's 50th Birthday Party," 10 Feb. 2019 Pastel, satin, and the retro, structured bag make a major comeback. Julia Gall, Marie Claire, "5 Accessory Trends You'll See Everywhere This Year," 24 Jan. 2019 Pablo Picasso and Jean-Antoine Watteau painted Pierrot Karl Lagerfeld conjured him in pink satin in the 1980s. Laird Borrelli-persson, Vogue, "Fashion Loves a Clown: Here, 24 Big Top Looks That Prove It From Dior Haute Couture to Alexander McQueen," 21 Jan. 2019 Cyrus chose an ivory silk satin corseted draped gown by Vivienne Westwood. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Miley Cyrus Stuns in a Vivienne Westwood Wedding Dress as She Dances to 'Uptown Funk'," 27 Dec. 2018 Fashioned from bright red satin with a clear overlay, the Off-White boots are the kind of statement piece that start a conversation. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Céline Dion Goes Full Futuristic Diva With Her Latest Instagram Selfie," 1 Aug. 2018 Her eyes seem to have lost their vigour, her complexion is now a dirty negligee pink satin. Constance Grady, Vox, "13 amazing facts about Princess Margaret from Craig Brown’s new biography," 14 Aug. 2018 The tinted formula comes in 10 finishes (two matte, two shimmery, and six satin) that range from deep (yet sheer!) berry to pale pink and orange, though my shade of choice is the original 001, which gives your mouth the subtlest of pink glows. Chloe Metzger, Marie Claire, "The 5 Truly Spectacular Beauty Products I'm Loving This Week," 3 Aug. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Ramirez suggests tying your hair in a satin scarf or sleeping on a silk pillowcase to preserve the health and shine of your hair. Joane Amay, Allure, "13 Common Mistakes People With Curly Hair Make — and How to Avoid Them," 2 Apr. 2018 Maybe a fluffy towel straight out of the shower, or the feel of a satin pillowcase against your cheek? Tiffany Dodson, SELF, "I’m Obsessed with Using This Setting Powder to Keep My Shiny Forehead at Bay," 19 May 2019 The YouTuber completed the Alexander Wang look with black satin pants and silver detailing. Yerin Kim, Seventeen, "James Charles Did NOT Wear a Thong to the Met Gala, But His Look is Just As Crazy," 6 May 2019 Gucci’s campaign plays lip service to inclusion and imperfection, but many poor people probably won’t be buying the Goldie Red Rouge à Lèvres satin lipstick that Miller wears in the campaign for $38 a piece. Alaina Leary, Glamour, "The Reaction to Gucci's Ad Doesn't Surprise Me—I Grew Up With 'Bad Teeth'," 9 May 2019 Alternatively, the coffee bar upstairs is attached to the guest bedroom, which is brown and neutral toned overall (although the satin blue wallpaper is a definite fun addition). Nikhita Mahtani, House Beautiful, "You've Got to See How This Glamorous 10,000-Square-Foot Home Came Together," 26 Apr. 2019 From Queen Elizabeth II’s collection come a gray silk satin ball gown worn by her mother in 1954 and glamorous designer gowns worn by her sister, Princess Margaret. Mary Forgione, latimes.com, "Five museum fashion shows not to miss, with items from Britain's royals and Frida Kahlo's closet," 30 Mar. 2018 For this special anniversary, Nars has pulled out all the pink stops, and created a palette with six lightweight satin shades that can be applied to yours eyes, cheeks, and lips. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Nars Created a Makeup Line Inspired by Their Orgasm Blush," 9 Apr. 2019 Among the offerings: the Très Vivier pump, the Viv’ Run sneaker, glamourous leather bags, and silk satin clutches. Neesha Arter, Vogue, "Lottie Moss, Christina Ricci, and More Checked Into Roger Vivier’s Make-Believe Hotel," 3 Apr. 2019

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First Known Use of satin

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Adjective

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for satin

Noun

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

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satin

noun

English Language Learners Definition of satin

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: cloth that has a smooth, shiny surface

satin

adjective

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

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

satin

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

Kids Definition of satin

: a cloth with a smooth shiny surface

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