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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 tshẓ tɦəwŋ, an early name for Quanzhou (also the source of Mandarin Cìtóng (chéng), former name of Quanzhou).]

sat′in·y (săt′n-ē) adj.


(ˈsæt n i)

like satin; smooth; glossy.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.satiny - having a smooth, gleaming surface reflecting light; "glossy auburn hair"; "satiny gardenia petals"; "sleek black fur"; "silken eyelashes"; "silky skin"; "a silklike fabric"; "slick seals and otters"
bright - emitting or reflecting light readily or in large amounts; "the sun was bright and hot"; "a bright sunlit room"


Smooth and lustrous as if polished:


[ˈsætɪnɪ] ADJsatinado


adjseidig; skinsamtig
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said Pestsov, tapping his finger on the satiny surface of the program he held in his hand and passing it to Levin.
She was quite composed, as she idly stroked the satiny coat of the cat that lay curled in her lap, and she occasionally sent a slow glance into the shadow where her companion sat.
His skin was fair as a woman's, far more satiny, and no rudimentary hair-growth marred its white lustre.
As he moved about or raised his arms the great muscles leapt and moved under the satiny skin.
Two brides, elaborately dressed in white, with ribbons, laces, and pearls, and crowned with orange-blossoms whose satiny petals nodded beneath their veils, were surrounded by joyous families, and accompanied by their mothers, to whom they looked up, now and then, with eyes that were content and timid both; the faces of all the rest reflected happiness, and seemed to be invoking blessings on the youthful pairs.
Satiny poppies of all tints danced in the breeze by the score, gaily defying flowers which had lived in the garden for years and which it might be confessed seemed rather to wonder how such new people had got there.
And when I see her coat clean and shining and satiny, I feel a satisfaction in what I've done.
If Josette, when dressing her, chanced to discover a little pimple on the still satiny shoulders of mademoiselle, it became the subject of endless inquiries as to the various alimentary articles of the preceding week.
Beauty ed Octavia says: 'I like the way this looks on - smooth and satiny.
A scintillating halo, tempered with delicacy by the satiny natural pearls.
Ruggedized for durability and wrapped in a satiny smooth easy-grip housing, they deliver exceptional comfort and ergonomics for hours of one-handed use.
The result was a satiny, sumptuous leche flan, worthy to be served in any town fiesta and family gathering.