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

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 ivory satin gowns, suits, camisoles, and trousers come with gestural, of-the-moment details like puffed sleeves and baroque pearl buttons, without a mermaid skirt or sparkly flower in sight. Emily Farra, Vogue, "Will 2020 Be the Year the Bridal Market Finally Gets Modern?," 9 Apr. 2019 For his Met Gala look, James Charles flaunted his nipples in a see-through top made of safety pins paired with black satin Alexander Wang pants. Jasmine Gomez, Seventeen, "People Are Really Pissed At This Comment James Charles Made About His Met Gala Appearance," 8 May 2019 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Moran understood her role in the show: The 26-year-old pranced onto the court in a form-fitting white satin top., "‘Gorgeous Gussie’ Moran shocked Wimbledon 70 years ago, the first of many shocks that upended her life," 28 June 2019 The dress that Balenciaga made for Sonsoles's coming-out ball—an exquisite meringue of almond pink taffeta and lace—is included in the exhibition, as is her magnificent wedding gown of oyster satin organza embroidered in silver thread. Hamish Bowles, Vogue, "Hamish Bowles Takes in the Best of Madrid, Past and Present," 24 June 2019 These papers love an eggshell, satin or semi-gloss painted surface. Carisha Swanson, House Beautiful, "How to Put Up Removable Wallpaper Without Hating Your Life," 13 June 2019 The country singer showed up to the event in his usual blazer-and-trousers combo, while his wife wore a pink satin top with matching heels, an animal-print skirt, and a brown belt. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "Thomas Rhett Clapped Back at Online Trolls Who Criticized His Wife Lauren Akins," 10 June 2019 The Rouge à Lèvres Satin collection is packaged in a sleek gold toned engraved tube with 36 satin finish vibrant shades. Teen Vogue, "6 Teen Vogue Editors Tried Gucci Beauty’s New Lipsticks And Fell In Love," 23 May 2019 Then a royal-blue velvet doctoral hood with white satin trim is also lowered over your head and secured in place around your shoulders with a snap. Joyce Carol Oates, Harper's magazine, "The Unexpected," 10 May 2019 The satin dress with a cowl neckline was similarly lightweight and well-fitted. Kelsey Cherry, Harper's BAZAAR, "Two BAZAAR Editors Test-Drive Rihanna's Fenty Collection," 19 June 2019 Launching today June 19 is a new limited edition collection featuring satin dresses, eyewear, and jewelry. Nandi Howard, Essence, "Rihanna Reveals New Limited-Edition Collection Under Her LVMH Imprint Fenty," 19 June 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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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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