sat·​in | \ˈsa-tᵊn \

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

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


a dress made of satin


the satin petals of a rose

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 The dress was custom-made but based on their beaded silk satin column gown, which was previously on sale in navy. Megan Friedman, Harper's BAZAAR, "How Meghan Markle’s Tonga Dress Designer Figured Out She Was Pregnant," 25 Oct. 2018 On the red carpet, Blanchett wore a black satin Maison Margiela Artisanal gown, finished with a pleated Chantilly lace overlay. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Cate Blanchett’s Latest Dress Is Built for Red Carpet Flashbulbs," 20 Oct. 2018 Straight, curly, kinky, and anywhere in between, silk and satin is a lot softer on your hair than cotton or other materials that can lead to frizzy strands and breakage. Brittney Morgan, House Beautiful, "The Surprising Reason You Should Be Sleeping On A Silk (Or Satin) Pillowcase," 9 Oct. 2018 Or, rock a long, dramatic dress in silk or satin that looks just like what the old Hollywood stars used to wear. Danielle Fox, Seventeen, "Is Your Prom Dress Style Classic or Trendy?," 11 July 2018 Also by Givenchy were the veil, which represented all 53 countries of the Commonwealth in its design, and the shoes, pointed pumps in silk duchess satin. Tamara Abraham, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle's Old, New, Borrowed and Blue Wedding Details," 20 May 2018 His perfume Fragile Violet, rumored to be one of Naomi Campbell’s favorites, is a decadent whisper, like wearing a satin slip. New York Times, "This Summer, Smell Like Fruit Salad," 2 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

There's also Hollywood Lips matte liquid lipstick, the creamy K.I.S.S.I.N.G. range of lipstick, and the Hot Lips satin-finish lipsticks. Marci Robin, Allure, "Charlotte Tilbury Launches Superstar Lips, a Limited-Edition Glossy Lipstick," 6 Oct. 2018 For the occasion, 16-year-old Consuelos selected a pastel purple Alice + Olivia satin evening gown — available for $395 at Neiman Marcus — featuring ruching on the side, delicate straps and a side slit. Grace Gavilanes,, "Kelly Ripa & Mark Consuelos' Sweetest Family Snaps," 7 June 2018 Rachel cleverly chose paint with a satin-finish so that light entering the room would reflect from any angle, making the bathroom appear larger. Herrine Ro, Country Living, "This Tiny Bathroom Got a Big Ol' Countrified Makeover," 6 Oct. 2015 This delightful red has a subtle metallic finish that perfectly mimics the satin finish of a bow or the red stripe in a candy cane. Megan Inayoshi, Good Housekeeping, "Good Housekeeping Institute," 2 Dec. 2013 The gown featured cap sleeves with sparkling beaded detail, and Meghan styled it with a satin Givenchy clutch, her go-to Aquazzura heels, and dazzling Birks earrings. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Meghan Markle Re-Wore Her Wedding Day Tribute to Princess Diana for a State Dinner in Tonga," 25 Oct. 2018 The bride donned satin peep toe heels by British designer Charlotte Olympia to match the ivory tone of her gown, and in what was possibly her largest buck of royal wedding tradition, Eugenie forewent a veil. Carrie Goldberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "All the Details You Missed About Princess Eugenie's Bridal Look," 12 Oct. 2018 The top is bare, shiny glass and a fingerprint magnet, while the rest of the phone has a soft-touch, satin-like matte coating. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "Google Pixel 3 hands-on—Not the best first impression," 10 Oct. 2018 Norman Norell’s satin coat dress (Traina-Norell, 1950), a bishop’s cassock cut in geranium-pink silk, is shimmeringly divine in every sense of the word. Laura Jacobs, WSJ, "An Exhibition to Tickle You ‘Pink’," 11 Sep. 2018

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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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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 \

Kids Definition of satin

: a cloth with a smooth shiny surface

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a soft lustrous wool fabric with mohair

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