Definition of satin in English:

satin

noun

  • 1[mass noun] A 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’
    • ‘The second dress was made red satin, the short sleeves sewn to be worn off the shoulders.’
    • ‘I was wearing a satin, sky blue dress that shimmered with every move that I made, and my hair had been pulled up into a mass of loose curls.’
    • ‘Some were cotton and some were wool, but most of them were silk or satin.’
    • ‘The brightly colored outfits may be made of either cotton or such dressy fabrics as velvet, satin, and lamé.’
    • ‘Fabrics will be shining, lustrous and glamorous, with satin and silk the main focus.’
    • ‘She is wearing overalls, which is quite different than the fancy blue satin dress the town last saw her in.’
    • ‘Her dress was deep blue satin, high waisted and plainly cut, the bosom moderately low; her long gloves were white kid.’
    • ‘It wasn't silk or satin, but it was fine just the same.’
    • ‘Acres of silk, satin, bamboo and quilted fabrics combined to create an opulent Oriental collection.’
    • ‘Leia's dress was of satin, white with a champagne trim and lace-up back.’
    • ‘It was a beautiful color and the fabric was satin.’
    • ‘There was also a closet full of fancy dresses made of silk, cotton, lace, satin, velvet, and lots of others!’
    • ‘Her dress, made from satin of the deepest blue, was tied at the back of her neck, leaving her shoulders and back bare.’
    • ‘It was covered in jewels and made of blue satin, off the shoulders and long in length.’
    • ‘Emily reached into her suitcase and pulled out a beautiful dress of red satin.’
    • ‘She wore a dress of emerald green satin, with a sash of darker forest green about her tiny waist.’
    • ‘The season heralds a flurry of slip-dresses in satin, organza and lattice work.’
    • ‘The girl was about an inch shorter and wearing a dress of lovely lilac satin.’
    • ‘It was a fancy thing, light blue satin with a creamy white trim.’
    • ‘The fabrics for spring are satin, jersey, chiffon and lace, turning up in every category from street wear to evening wear.’
    1. 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

[WITH OBJECT]
  • Give a smooth, glossy surface to:

    ‘it has been very carefully satined and waxed’
    • ‘The classic range of industrial light fittings has recently been developed to include a range of finely satined opal diffusers.’

adjective

  • Smooth like satin:

    ‘a luxurious satin look’
    • ‘I remember a drop of moisture sliding down a satin twig.’
    • ‘Awash in cherry and classy oak aromas with a whiff of viscera that is especially intriguing, the wine has a taste that is all satin texture, fruit and gentle persuasion.’
    • ‘It has all the smell and dance of a real celebration - fine pastries, roasted nuts and a satin feel of bubbles giving it a creamy note.’
    • ‘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.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation:

satin

/ˈsatɪn/