a. A smooth, often silk fabric that is woven with a glossy face and a dull back.
b. A garment made of this fabric.
2. A kind of paint that dries to a smooth shiny finish.
1. Made of or covered with satin.
2. Glossy, sleek, and smooth.
[Middle English satyn, zatayn, from Old French satayn, zatin, zettonin, probably ultimately from Arabic ('aṭlas) zaytūnī, (satin) of Zaitun, from Zaytūn, Quanzhou, China (an important international trading center in medieval times), an Arabization (probably influenced by Arabic zaytūn, olive) of Middle Chinese tshz̩ tɦəwŋ, an early name for Quanzhou (also the source of Mandarin Cìtóng (chéng), former name of Quanzhou).]
satin·y (sătn-ē) adj.
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