Other Word Forms of Satin
Origin of Satin
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 tfiəwŋ an early name for Quanzhou (also the source of Mandarin Cìtóng (chéng) former name of Quanzhou)
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
From Old French satin, perhaps from Arabic الساتان زيتون (“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.
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