gun·​met·​al ˈgən-ˌme-tᵊl How to pronounce gunmetal (audio)
: a metal used for guns
specifically : a bronze formerly much used as a material for cannon
: an alloy or metal treated to imitate nearly black tarnished copper-alloy gunmetal
: a bluish-gray color

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Your looks have been so memorable and beautiful here from a yellow gown to the gunmetal, both by Dolce & Gabbana. Chris Gardner, The Hollywood Reporter, 17 May 2023 This 7 x 7-inch photo book is available in six different colors: midnight blue, sea mist, smoke, gunmetal, rose, and honeycomb. Brandi Fuller, Better Homes & Gardens, 21 Apr. 2023 This palette was made in collaboration with Disney and Lucasfilm and features a range of colors within just nine shades, including a shimmering cream called Stormtrooper, a glimmering gunmetal named Death Star, and a glittery maroon titled Dark Side. Addison Aloian, Allure, 2 Mar. 2022 In the first of two Instagram stories shared, the megastar is wearing the Swim Zip Front Sleeveless One Piece in the color gunmetal. Zizi Strater, Peoplemag, 22 Feb. 2023 In photos from the dinner Kardashian hosted with the nonprofit organization Reform Alliance, the reality star and future lawyer wore a strapless metallic pink leather column dress with chunky gunmetal accessories. Emily Tannenbaum, Glamour, 17 Feb. 2023 Consisting of 8 cream-meets-powder eye shadows, expect a high-pigment formula that offers a shiny and creamy texture, in hues that range from candy pink to peach and subdued gunmetal. Felicity Carter, Forbes, 23 Dec. 2021 Each of its three colorways like gunmetal and sand are on-trend and practical. Marissa Miller, Travel + Leisure, 27 Jan. 2023 There are three frame-and-lens combo options, including gunmetal with green lenses, gold with brown gradient lenses, and matte black with green lenses. Rachel Klein, Popular Mechanics, 13 Dec. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1541, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of gunmetal was in 1541

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“Gunmetal.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Jun. 2023.

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