ma·​té·​ri·​el | \mə-ˌtir-ē-ˈel \
variants: or materiel

Definition of matériel 

: equipment, apparatus, and supplies used by an organization or institution

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Examples of matériel in a Sentence

the army is running short of clothing and other matériel

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Great powers such as the U.S. must maintain domestic sources of supply for vital war materiel, such as steel and jet aircraft. John Steele Gordon, WSJ, "The United States of Free Trade," 21 Sep. 2018 Some of the weapons shown have previously been described by U.N. weapons experts and an independent group called Conflict Armament Research, which gained access to the materiel through the UAE’s elite Presidential Guard. Washington Post, "Saudi-led coalition displays Yemeni arms allegedly from Iran," 19 June 2018 Through one of its key front companies alone, the intelligence agency was responsible for roughly half of the country’s exports of arms and military materiel, Treasury officials said then. Michael C. Bender, WSJ, "Trump Expects ‘Very Positive’ Special Delivery From North Korea," 1 June 2018 Its mssion was to train 30,000 merchant seamen for duty aboard vessels that, during wartime, delivered materiel to Allied forces. Frederick N. Rasmussen,, "Earl P. Tuma, a former AT&T engineer who had second career as Orioles usher, dies," 19 May 2018 The World Food Program has established an air bridge, a costly undertaking but one that is essential for moving people and materiel into Bikoro. Helen Branswell, STAT, "Experimental vaccine to be used against Ebola outbreak in the DRC," 13 May 2018 Mohammed afterward visited Capitol Hill to lobby lawmakers against suspending any military materiel. Noah Bierman,, "Trump meets with Saudi Crown Prince 'MBS' to push arms deals and challenge to Iran," 20 Mar. 2018 Parsons stayed behind to supervise a skeleton crew assigned to scuttle ships and destroy other materiel to keep it out of enemy hands. Peter Eisner, Smithsonian, "Without Chick Parsons, General MacArthur May Never Have Made His Famed Return to the Philippines," 29 Sep. 2017 The grand jury also sought communications between South Carolina employees or officers, communications with the NCAA and any non-privileged material materiel from any NCAA or internal investigations. Nathaniel Cary, The Courier-Journal, "South Carolina men's basketball program subpoenaed by feds in basketball scandal," 18 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of matériel

1819, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for matériel

French matériel, from matériel, adjective

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English Language Learners Definition of matériel

: equipment and supplies used by soldiers

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