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

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 Meghan was absolutely glowing while wearing a chic, monochromatic outfit complete with a deep cocoa turtleneck sweater, a matching brown, sleek midi slip skirt paired with a Reiss camel wool coat, and satin, . Bianca Betancourt, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle Wraps Up in a Chic Camel Coat for Her Return to the Public Eye," 7 Jan. 2020 With the Tara Keely number still in the back of my mind, Brandi shows me a deep v-neck satin ballgown by Allure Bridals. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Getting the Kleinfeld Treatment Was Totally Not What I Expected," 5 Jan. 2020 Expect a range of selections in satin, matte and iridescent finishes and a touch of color thanks to lip shades from rich burgundy to velvety rose. Jennifer Ford, Essence, "The Compact," 10 Oct. 2019 These delicate stickers come in packs of five and are made with matte satin, infused with potent scents that release in small increments throughout the day. Nicola Dall'asen, Allure, "Diptyque Turned Its Popular Fragrances into Perfumed Stickers, Bracelets, and Brooches — I Tried Them All," 6 Sep. 2019 Plus, summer’s nice weather brings new opportunity to take brocade and jacquards, silk and satins, or suede and canvas booties out for a spin without having to worry about ruining their delicate exterior. Vogue, "Sandal Averse? These Summer Boots are the Ideal Unexpected Alternative," 24 June 2019 This collection is a squad of 58 stunning lipsticks available in three dreamy formulas: 36 satin, 18 sheer, and four balms for a translucent finish. Maya Allen, Marie Claire, "Gucci Beauty Returns With 58 New Lipsticks You'll be Obsessed With," 10 May 2019 The black-and-satin-nickel pendant lights above the island are from Lamps Plus and provide a bit of curvature in an otherwise linear design. Sally Kuchar, Sunset Magazine, "Sunset’s 2019 Idea House Gets Outfitted by LA Designer Superstars ETC.etera," 13 Jan. 2020 For her final outfit change, Gomez slipped into a floor-length gown composed of ornamental straps, yellow satin, and transparent green lace. Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, "Yes, Selena Gomez Really Did Wear Four Different Outfits at the AMAs," 25 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective That might be why these fantasy-addicts are the perfect people to master every makeup finish from metallics to satin to moody mattes, like the hues in Zoeva’s Cocoa Blend Eyeshadow Palette. Faran Krentcil, Seventeen, "The Latest Beauty Lineup for Every Crew at School This Fall," 23 Sep. 2019 Crio barrels and chokes, an alloy receiver, AA-grade satin walnut on the stock and fore-end, steel-on-steel hinges, and a recoil-reducing Progressive Comfort System round out the features of this o/u. Joe Genzel, Outdoor Life, "The Best New Shotguns from SHOT Show 2020," 21 Jan. 2020 The sleeves of her green satin gown are rolled up at her wrists, and its skirt rumples against the polished floor. Stephen O’connor, Harper's magazine, "The Interpretation of Dreams," 20 Jan. 2020 Number four is a Michelle Roth classic A-line gown with a draped bodice that isn't really my style, while number five, a satin Rivini by Rita Vinieri, is just a tad too heavy for my liking. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Getting the Kleinfeld Treatment Was Totally Not What I Expected," 5 Jan. 2020 The Resort collection features handwoven patterns on chemical-free fabrics and labels made from organic cotton, satin and recycled paper. Nandi Howard, Essence, "Dior Taps These Black Artist And More Jan/Feb Style News," 8 Jan. 2020 Higher-quality material, such as satin, velvet or grosgrain ribbons will not only look nice on gifts, but will last for future uses. Micah Walker, Detroit Free Press, "Here's how to recycle wrapping paper, other Christmas decorations," 27 Dec. 2019 Using the chrome, matte, shimmer, and satin finishes, any makeup lover can create tons of unique looks. Jessica Kasparian, USA TODAY, "Black Friday 2019: The best early Sephora deals available right now," 26 Nov. 2019 Khlo came through in a glittery suit set (and NO shirt, fyi), while Kim wore an elegant satin gown with a really over-the-top train. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "Kylie Jenner is Flaunting Major Cleavage in Sexy Christmas Party Dress," 16 Dec. 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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The first known use of satin was in the 14th century

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“Satin.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Feb. 2020.

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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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