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