Definition of satin in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈsatɪn/


[mass noun]
1A smooth, glossy fabric, usually of silk, produced by a weave in which the threads of the warp are caught and looped by the weft only at certain intervals: [as modifier]: a blue satin dress
More example sentences
  • Acres of silk, satin, bamboo and quilted fabrics combined to create an opulent Oriental collection.
  • Her dress was deep blue satin, high waisted and plainly cut, the bosom moderately low; her long gloves were white kid.
  • Her dress, made from satin of the deepest blue, was tied at the back of her neck, leaving her shoulders and back bare.
1.1 [as modifier] Denoting or having a surface or finish resembling satin, produced on metal or other material: an aluminium alloy with a black satin finish

verb (satins, satining, satined)

[with object]
Give a smooth, glossy surface to: it has been very carefully satined and waxed
More example sentences
  • The classic range of industrial light fittings has recently been developed to include a range of finely satined opal diffusers.


Smooth like satin: a luxurious satin look
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  • I heard it when I saw Chloe's face and that smooth, satin body.
  • Once this is accomplished, you should have a beautiful smooth, satin sheen.
  • I remember a drop of moisture sliding down a satin twig.



(also satinise) verb
Example sentences
  • The range includes good updated basics, like needle-cord skirts and jeans-cut trousers with easy waists, T-shirts with decorated necklines, satinised ruffle-front blouses, smart shirts with double cuffs and chic pea jackets.
  • The first half feels like the end of the world: a procession of motorcycle helmet-wearing models wearing the darkest black, satinised cotton and leather, walking to the growl of doom-laden bass.
  • For her entry, Stephanie's daywear outfit was a mint green short tailored jacket and flared matching skirt in satinised cotton trimmed with cream Petersham ribbon.


Pronunciation: /ˈsatɪni/
Example sentences
  • Beat in the eggs, one at a time, with a wooden spoon, an electric mixer, or a food processor until the dough is smooth and satiny.
  • I kicked my satiny white slippers across the room and flung myself face-down on my bed.
  • Thankfully, the flowers are lemon-scented and the dramatic red fruits contain satiny blue-black seeds that are edible raw or roasted and taste like peanuts.


Late Middle English: via Old French from Arabic zaytūnī 'of Tsinkiang', a town in China.

  • The word satin came via Old French from Arabic zaytūnī ‘of Tsinkiang’ which refers to a town in China. In the past satin was a silk fabric and China the main and at one time only source of silk. Late 19th-century sateen is an alteration of satin, on the pattern of velveteen. See also silk

Words that rhyme with satin


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