Origin of satinMiddle English ; from Middle French ; from Spanish setuni ; from Arabic (a?las) zait?n?, (satin) of Zait?n, medieval name of Quanzhou, China
- a. A smooth, often silk fabric that is woven with a glossy face and a dull back.b. A garment made of this fabric.
- A kind of paint that dries to a smooth shiny finish.
- Made of or covered with satin.
- Glossy, sleek, and smooth.
Origin of satinMiddle English satyn, zatayn, from Old French satayn, zatin, zettonin, probably ultimately from Arabic (’a&tlowdot;las) zayt&umacron;n&imacron;, (satin) of Zaitun, from Zayt&umacron;n, Quanzhou, China (an important international trading center in medieval times), an Arabization (probably influenced by Arabic zayt&umacron;n, olive) of Middle Chinese tsh&zsyll; t&hhook;&schwa;wŋ, an early name for Quanzhou (also the source of Mandarin Cìtóng (chéng), former name of Quanzhou).
From Old French satin, perhaps from Arabic Ø§Ù„Ø³Ø§ØªØ§Ù† Ø²ÙŠØªÙˆÙ† (“satin from Zaitun"), a city in China, perhaps æ–°ç–†, Tsinkiang in the Fukien province, a port during the middle ages. The word's form is perhaps influenced by French seta (“silk"). OED finds the Arabic theory insupportable and instead suggests the French word as coming directly from Latin.