al·​u·​min·​i·​um ˌal-yə-ˈmi-nē-əm How to pronounce aluminium (audio)
chiefly British
: aluminum
… approximately six tons of clay are required to produce a ton of aluminiumC. E. Davis
Metals such as copper, aluminium, silver and gold …C. Hammond
often used before another noun
aluminium compounds
Both zinc and aluminium plates are used extensively.Preliminary Tech. Course In Printing
see Chemical Elements Table

Examples of aluminium in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web While fresh scents may help with the masking part, various types of aluminum, (namely aluminum chloride, aluminum zirconium and aluminium chlorohydrate) are in charge of the minimizing part. Daryl Austin, USA TODAY, 1 Sep. 2023 United States Geological Survey (USGS) data on global mineral reserves shows Africa hosts cobalt (52.4%), manganese (46%), bauxite for aluminium production (24.7%), graphite (21.2%), and vanadium (16%). By Conrad Onyango, Quartz, 1 June 2023 The Movano Evie ring is made of aluminium and will be available in silver, gold and rose gold finishes. Andrew Williams, Forbes, 28 Dec. 2022 They’re called aluminium side panniers, and they’re designed by the Centro Stile Ducati and made in collaboration with Givi. Josh Max, Forbes, 16 June 2022 To that end, all six products are made from infinitely-recyclable aluminium and the outer boxes are FSC recycled certified. Megan Decker,, 9 Mar. 2023 In 1995, an observer of the Carville festivities wrote that the doubloons - collectible aluminium coins specific to each Krewe - were imprinted with the outline of an armadillo, the animal now known as the natural reservoir of Mycobacterium leprae, the bacteria that causes leprosy (1). Rebecca Kreston, Discover Magazine, 28 Feb. 2017 While some of the Laptop 4 models have an aluminium surround around the keyboard on the lower half of the laptop, the Ryzen version has just one choice - the hardwearing Alcantara fabric. Ewan Spence, Forbes, 8 Sep. 2021 Proof point: recycled aluminium. Mike Werner, Scientific American, 13 Dec. 2022 See More

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Word History


New Latin, from alumina

First Known Use

1811, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of aluminium was in 1811

Dictionary Entries Near aluminium

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“Aluminium.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Oct. 2023.

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al·​u·​min·​i·​um ˌal-yə-ˈmin-ē-əm How to pronounce aluminium (audio)
chiefly British

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al·​u·​min·​i·​um ˌal-yə-ˈmin-ē-əm How to pronounce aluminium (audio)
chiefly British

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