sat·​iny | \ ˈsat-nē How to pronounce satiny (audio) , ˈsa-tᵊn-ē\

Definition of satiny

: having or resembling the soft usually lustrous smoothness of satin a satiny finish

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Synonyms & Antonyms for satiny


buffed, burnished, glistening, glossy, lustrous, polished, rubbed, satin, sleek


dim, dull, flat, lusterless, matte (also mat)

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Examples of satiny in a Sentence

There's a satiny feel to the material. the satiny short coat of an Arabian horse

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Built in 1915, this classic shingled Craftsman home boasts lovely architectural details, including a gracious front porch and original fir floors, recently refinished to a satiny luster. Bang Staff And Correspondents, The Mercury News, "Sponsored: Shingled Craftsman in Alameda’s East End," 11 June 2019 The formula is long-wearing, comfortable on the lips, and has a satiny finish. Sable Yong, Allure, "Bond No. 9's Neutrals Collection Are the Fanciest Nude Lipsticks I’ve Ever Used," 8 May 2019 The rich, satiny gold, bronze, and pewter shadows that rimmed his lash lines glimmered whenever the light hit his eyes. Devon Abelman, Allure, "Why Taemin Won't Apologize For His Androgynous Aesthetic Anymore," 15 Mar. 2019 There are all kinds of textures, too: From long and thick (like beaver), to short and satiny (like mink), to matted and fuzzy (like shearling). Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "The Best Ethical Clothing Brands Out There," 5 Mar. 2019 The cheese has a satiny texture, an earthy bouquet and a mild flavor with a distinctive goaty aftertaste. Florence Fabricant, New York Times, "Farm to Cheese Board," 2 July 2018 Overly harsh with citrus, the fish was like an Italianate ceviche, and its acerbity drowned the satiny, subtle panna cotta. Kate Washington, sacbee, "If Allora can learn to relax a little, it will be one of the city's best restaurants | The Sacramento Bee," 11 May 2018 Here, because in many cases the pasta cooks in the soup itself, its starch thickens and enriches the broth, which, depending on the amount of water and the other ingredients, might take on a satiny gloss, or go very nearly creamy. Emily Horton, sacbee, "Legumes, vegetables enrich these simple, one-pot pasta dishes | The Sacramento Bee," 17 Apr. 2018 Its handle, whether madrone or oak, has a satiny finish and a weight that is reassuring rather than burdensome. Jonathan Kauffman, San Francisco Chronicle, "The 19-year-old knife nomad who travels around California," 19 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of satiny

1786, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of satiny

: smooth and shiny like satin

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