Designating fabric having a smooth, glossy appearance. Frequently in postpositive use.
The lustrous, vivid red wood of a large evergreen South American tree, Brosimum rubescens (family Moraceae), which is used in carpentry, especially to make furniture and musical instruments.
Early 19th century; earliest use found in The Morning Post. From French satiné (adjective) that resembles satin in touch or look, (noun) red wood of an evergreen South American tree, use as noun of past participle of satiner.