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[sat-n] /ˈsæt n/
a fabric in a warp-effect or filling-effect satin weave, as acetate, rayon, nylon, or silk, often having a glossy face and a soft, slippery texture.
a dress or other garment of satin:
She wore her green satin.
of or like satin; smooth; glossy.
made of or covered or decorated with satin:
a satin pillow.
1325-75; Middle English satyn(e) < Middle French satin, probably < Arabic (aṭlas) zaytūnī (satin) of Zaitun a city in China where the cloth was made, probably Tsinkiang
Related forms
satinlike, adjective
Can be confused
Satan, satin. Unabridged
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Examples for satinlike
  • Birch wood is finegrained and pale in colour, often with an attractive satinlike sheen.
  • The coat is known for being glossy, with a satinlike finish.
British Dictionary definitions for satinlike


a fabric of silk, rayon, etc, closely woven to show much of the warp, giving a smooth glossy appearance
(modifier) of or like satin in texture a satin finish
Derived Forms
satin-like, adjective
satiny, adjective
Word Origin
C14: via Old French from Arabic zaitūnī of Zaytūn, Arabic rendering of Chinese Tseutung (now Tsinkiang), port in southern China from which the cloth was probably first exported
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Word Origin and History for satinlike
1369, from O.Fr. satin (14c.), perhaps from Arabic (atlas) zaytuni, lit. "(satin) from Zaitun," a Chinese city, perhaps modern Tsinkiang in Fukien province, southern China, which was a port in the Middle Ages. The form of the word perhaps influenced in Fr. by L. seta "silk." OED finds the Arabic connection etymologically untenable and takes the Fr. word straight from Latin.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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