Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A deciduous tree (Chloroxylon swietenia) of India and Sri Lanka, having hard, yellowish, close-grained wood.
  • n. A West Indian tree (Zanthoxylum flavum) having smooth, slightly oily, lustrous wood.
  • n. The wood of either of these trees, used for furniture and cabinetwork.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Wood used for crafting fine furniture, particularly for inlay and marquetry, from either Chloroxylon swietenia, the Ceylon or East Indian satinwood, or Zanthoxylum flavum, the Jamaican or West Indian satinwood.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The hard, lemon-colored, fragrant wood of an East Indian tree (Chloroxylon Swietenia). It takes a lustrous finish, and is used in cabinetwork. The name is also given to the wood of a species of prickly ash (Xanthoxylum Caribæum) growing in Florida and the West Indies.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The wood of Chloroxylon Swietenia, of the order Meliaceæ; also, the tree itself.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. West Indian tree with smooth lustrous and slightly oily wood
  • n. hard yellowish wood of a satinwood tree having a satiny luster; used for fine cabinetwork and tools
  • n. East Indian tree with valuable hard lustrous yellowish wood

Etymologies

satin +‎ wood (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Turns out that like the satinwood ladies table it was British and more affordable than a decade ago.

    Picky on Provenance

  • She turned away from its satinwood and pastel brocades and went to the window, which afforded a view of a large formal garden, which even at this dreary time of year looked pleasant, with its sunken pond and statues and straight paths and clipped hedges, but the sight of it did nothing to quiet en her thoughts.

    You Don't Take Names

  • She fell in love with the saloon, with the satinwood panels, with the little racks and cupboards, with the recording aneroid in springs.

    Movie Night

  • There was a satinwood writing table under the window and a work-table in Japanese lacquer, very small and dainty.

    Politics 101

  • Choice pieces of satinwood furniture, some inlaid with mother-of-pearl or gold, gleamed in the half-light.

    THE TIME QUAKE

  • The hull colors are bold, and cabins are decorated in satinwood and Japanese wood ($4.4 million to $4.6 million; www. azimutyachts.com).

    Executive Life: Piloting a Fine Hotel

  • ‘And I can mix and lay flat tints,’ said Dan, who was a house painter, ‘and pick out mouldings, and grain in every kind of wood you can mention — oak, maple, walnut, satinwood, cherry-tree —’

    The Hand of Ethelberta

  • We spent our winnings on satinwood paint for the new shelves and some dinky small paint rollers.

    Grand National

  • They stroked new satinwood surfaces of chests by Boulle and Cressent, hung fresh Gobelins on the wall, walked over bright Aubussons and Savoneries on newly laid floors.

    THE DIAMOND

  • There was Hepplewhite -- a simply superb set of dining chairs in satinwood with the fleur-de-lys splat that was Thomas's particular baby; there was Chippendale, in particular, a Gothic mahogany bookcase which held not books but as far as Mr. Purvis could tell an outstanding collection of Meissen porcelain; there was a Chippendale sideboard on which were placed, no scattered, all higgledy-piggledy, gewgaws and bibelots in gold and enamel.

    Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine

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  • "It was a pleasant room with a window facing south, a satinwood bed, a satinwood dressing-table, and a satinwood writing desk at which Miss Serendip used to sit and write letters to her seven sisters"
    The Wind on the Moon by Eric Linklater, p 19 of the New York Review of Books hardcover

    July 17, 2013