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

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 For the moment, however, the angelic satin sheen felt right for a VS party, while the cut-up-to-there slit added another appropriate twist. Maria Ward, Vogue, "Gigi Hadid Wore an Actual Wedding Dress Out on the Town," 1 June 2018 The new Duchess of Sussex wore silk duchess satin pumps based on a Givenchy refined pointed couture design. Tamara Abraham, Harper's BAZAAR, "Take a Closer Look at Meghan Markle's Royal Wedding Shoes," 19 May 2018 The first row of three lipsticks are sheer, the second are satin, and the last are matte. Jenna Rosenstein, Harper's BAZAAR, "Dior Launched A Less-Expensive Beauty Line Called Backstage—We Have All the Details," 29 May 2018 The elaborate and costly ribbons of sabre velvet on satin, meanwhile, were made in Germany and St.-Etienne expressly for the headdresses. Hamish Bowles, Vogue, "A Brief History of the Arlesienne Fashion Plates Who Inspired Alessandro Michele’s Cruise Collection," 8 June 2018 There are lipsticks in matte and satin finishes, eyeshadows (both loose and pressed), eyelashes, mascara, and multiple highlighters. Harper's Bazaar Staff, Harper's BAZAAR, "We Tested All 70 Jennifer Lopez for Inglot Makeup Products," 25 Apr. 2018 Diamond white silk satin was layered with silver metallic tulle in a trumpet silhouette. Sue Strachan,, "The Krewe of Athenians and guests rejoice at annual bal masque," 9 Feb. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

The dress will be made in Los Angeles of a matte satin fabric. Maria Puente, USA TODAY, "Exclusive: Here come the Meghan Markle royal wedding gown knockoffs," 25 May 2018 The Italian double-face silk-satin trumpet shaped gown was layered with delicately beaded tulle and elaborately encrusted guipure lace applique. Sue Strachan,, "The Atlanteans ball celebrates Louisiana," 20 Feb. 2018 Meghan accessorized with a blue ring that reportedly belonged to Prince Harry’s mother, the late Princess Diana, and a pair of satin Aquazzura heels that featured soles painted in baby-blue. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Meghan Markle Wears Stella McCartney for Royal Wedding Reception," 19 May 2018 The dress was made of satin with extensive lace appliques on the bodice and skirt. Christina Prignano,, "Ahead of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding, look back on past royal wedding dresses," 17 May 2018 Most Polarizing Pants: Amal Clooney There’s a lot going on with Amal Clooney’s Richard Quinn look: blue satin pants, a billowing floral train, plus a metallic silver bustier top. Emilia Petrarca, The Cut, "Met Gala 2018: The Best, Worst, and Most Sacrilegious Looks," 7 May 2018 Emma Stone, a presenter at this year's Oscars, wore sleek, satin cigarette pants to the show. The Editors, Cosmopolitan, "Emma Stone Stuns at the Oscars in Shiny Pants. That's Right, Pants.," 5 Mar. 2018 On her feet: The handcrafted satin shoes designed by Aquazzura last worn by Meghan to her nighttime wedding reception at Frogmore House and featuring cut-out detailing and a symbolic pale blue sole for luck. Monique Jessen,, "It's a Royal Wedding Recycle! Meghan Markle Rewore Her Wedding Shoes with $40 Fascinator," 18 June 2018 Markle’s satin shoes are from Aquazarra, their soles a baby blue—perhaps a nod to the old age wedding tradition. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "Meghan Markle Chooses Stella McCartney for Her Second Wedding Day Look," 19 May 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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