American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A smooth fabric, as of silk or rayon, woven with a glossy face and a dull back.
- n. A garment made of this fabric.
- adj. Made of or covered with satin.
- adj. Glossy, sleek, and smooth.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A silk material of which the surface is very glossy, and the back not as lustrous as the face. The high luster of the surface is produced partly by the quality of the silk, partly by the weaving, and partly by dressing with hot rollers. Satins are sometimes figured, and sometimes the background of a raised velvet is satin, so that the stuff may be called a satin with a velvet pattern, or more generally velvet with satin ground.
- Made of satin: as, a satin dress.
- Of the nature of satin; pertaining to or resembling satin; having a satin surface.
- To give a satin finish to; make smooth and glossy on the surface like satin.
- n. A yellow mixture applied to the flesh side of a hide or skin to get a yellow back.
- adj. Semi-glossy. Particularly describing a type of paint.
- n. A cloth woven from silk, nylon or polyester with a glossy surface and a dull back. (The same weaving technique applied to cotton produces cloth termed sateen).
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A silk cloth, of a thick, close texture, and overshot woof, which has a glossy surface.
- n. a smooth fabric of silk or rayon; has a glossy face and a dull back
- From Old French satin, perhaps from Arabic الساتان زيتون ("satin from Zaitun"), a city in China, perhaps 新疆, Tsinkiang in the Fukien province, a port during the middle ages. The word's form is perhaps influenced by French seta ("silk"). OED finds the Arabic theory insupportable and instead suggests the French word as coming directly from Latin. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from Old French, probably from Arabic ('aṭlas) zaytūnī, (satin) of Zaitun, from Zaytūn, probably Tsinkiang (Quanzhou), China. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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“His feet were trapped in satin, he was all trussed up in tulle -- still, we felt his joy.”
“A body kit including side skirts, rear diffuser and spoiler complete the body modifications and the whole thing's painted in satin while pearl with translucent blue logos and badging.”
“You will have to put loops on the sides of the dress if you want to secure the sash, as satin is slippery.”
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“Harry rolled backward over a pile of shoes and sandals and found himself on a reed mat looking up at a gaunt man in a black suit and French beret and a circle of women in short satin skirts and cardboard crowns.”
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