Definition of satin in English:



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


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