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

Definition of satin

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: 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 It's made from 100% Australian Wool and features a satin lining and cotton sweatband. Erika Hardison, USA TODAY, "17 gorgeous pieces from Black designers to add to your wardrobe," 19 Feb. 2021 This provides a tough satin finish and is easy to apply. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "Three Wine Racks Your Can Build Yourself," 13 Feb. 2021 Carson shortened a deep green satin Faviana slip dress, with a lace-up back, to a below-the-knee length to showcase Steve Madden stiletto sandals (and gymnastic-level dance moves). Fawnia Soo Hoo,, "Lana Condor Wears Aritzia, Forever 21 & Lots Of Vintage In To All the Boys 3," 12 Feb. 2021 Harris wore black, a pile sequin cocktail dress with a floor length tuxedo overcoat of cashmere wool lined with silk satin by Black designer Sergio Hudson, who also dressed Michelle Obama for the day ceremony. Jessica Iredale, Town & Country, "Biden's Inauguration Put a Premium on American Fashion. Here's Why That's Important," 21 Jan. 2021 This tote, which features a performance satin polyester body, is well-loved by customers for its gorgeously bright colors and is large enough to fit a 13-inch laptop. Nicole Briese, USA TODAY, "It's the last day to shop the Tory Burch Semi-Annual Sale for up to 60% off," 12 Jan. 2021 Look at the pink satin contrasting with the casual, down to earth outfit with the funky shoes. Sonia Ramirez, Chron, "This Kamala Harris 'Vogue' cover has the Internet fuming," 11 Jan. 2021 Emerson recommends keeping all the hardware warm or cool, such as satin and nickel finishes that go with stainless steel appliances. Washington Post, "5 kitchen design choices that will never go out of style," 5 Jan. 2021 Sateen, not to be confused with satin, is another popular weave. Carsen Joenk, Popular Science, "Best sheets: Choose the right bed linens for a good night’s sleep," 18 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The younger Congdon was suffocated with a satin pillow in her bed. Rohan Preston, Star Tribune, "Minnesota homes with star auras or dark histories hold a strange fascination," 29 Jan. 2021 And Selena definitely makes the case for investing in satin sheets and pillowcases, which just so happen to perfectly match her dainty attire. Mary Elizabeth Andriotis, House Beautiful, "We’re Obsessed With the Decor in Selena Gomez’s New Music Video," 15 Jan. 2021 Available in seven pastel colors, this one by Little Giraffe features a satin trim and ultra-cozy material that’s loved by parents and babies alike. Kiana Murden, CNN Underscored, "36 gorgeous gift options at Nordstrom under $100," 13 Nov. 2020 Gift them this set of satin pillowcases for about $10. Kiana Murden, CNN Underscored, "33 cute and clever stocking stuffers under $15 on Amazon," 14 Dec. 2020 In the 1894 oil painting by Daniel Huntington, Harrison’s regal stature is marked by the folds of her satin dress and the coif of her hair. Alicia Ault, Smithsonian Magazine, "How History Records the Peculiar Role of America’s First Ladies," 19 Nov. 2020 Everyone appreciates the gift of self-care, and these affordable satin pillowcases will be a welcome addition to her sleep routine. Cnn Underscored Staff, CNN Underscored, "43 gifts every woman in your life would love to receive," 17 Nov. 2020 Then there were accents like greenery on the mantel, white berries in antique clay pots, and wreaths hung in the windows with pretty satin bows that matched the furniture. Sid Evans, Southern Living, "A Special Tribute: Julia Reed's Christmas in The Delta," 16 Nov. 2020 Everyone appreciates the gift of self-care, and these affordable satin pillowcases will be a welcome addition to her sleep routine. Cnn Underscored Staff, CNN Underscored, "40 of the most thoughtful gifts for every woman in your life," 10 Nov. 2020

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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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24 Feb 2021

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“Satin.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Mar. 2021.

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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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