Definition of satin in US English:



  • 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.

    ‘flowing skirts made of satin, chiffon, and velvet’
    as modifier ‘a blue satin dress’
    • ‘It was a beautiful color and the fabric was satin.’
    • ‘The brightly colored outfits may be made of either cotton or such dressy fabrics as velvet, satin, and lamé.’
    • ‘Emily reached into her suitcase and pulled out a beautiful dress of red satin.’
    • ‘There was also a closet full of fancy dresses made of silk, cotton, lace, satin, velvet, and lots of others!’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It wasn't silk or satin, but it was fine just the same.’
    • ‘She wore a dress of emerald green satin, with a sash of darker forest green about her tiny waist.’
    • ‘Acres of silk, satin, bamboo and quilted fabrics combined to create an opulent Oriental collection.’
    • ‘Some were cotton and some were wool, but most of them were silk or satin.’
    • ‘The season heralds a flurry of slip-dresses in satin, organza and lattice work.’
    • ‘The fabrics for spring are satin, jersey, chiffon and lace, turning up in every category from street wear to evening wear.’
    • ‘Fabrics will be shining, lustrous and glamorous, with satin and silk the main focus.’
    • ‘Her dress was deep blue satin, high waisted and plainly cut, the bosom moderately low; her long gloves were white kid.’
    • ‘She is wearing overalls, which is quite different than the fancy blue satin dress the town last saw her in.’
    • ‘It was a fancy thing, light blue satin with a creamy white trim.’
    • ‘Leia's dress was of satin, white with a champagne trim and lace-up back.’
    • ‘It was covered in jewels and made of blue satin, off the shoulders and long in length.’
    • ‘Her dress, made from satin of the deepest blue, was tied at the back of her neck, leaving her shoulders and back bare.’
    • ‘The second dress was made red satin, the short sleeves sewn to be worn off the shoulders.’
    • ‘The girl was about an inch shorter and wearing a dress of lovely lilac satin.’
    1. 1.1as modifier Denoting or having a surface or finish resembling satin.
      ‘an aluminum alloy with a black satin finish’


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