ma·​té·​ri·​el | \ mə-ˌtir-ē-ˈel How to pronounce matériel (audio) \
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
Recent Examples on the Web No Lebanese expenditures or purchases of military materiel with FMF have been delayed. NBC News, "Mystery grows over Lebanon aid hold-up as impeachment looms," 22 Nov. 2019 The Lend-Lease policy of the U.S. in World War II provided war materiel to future allies for bases in their territories. Dp Opinion, The Denver Post, "Letters: Take a mulligan and keep Park Hill Golf Course; Heed the scientists’ warning; Quid pro quo doesn’t matter? (11/8/19)," 8 Nov. 2019 The United States’ largesse to the Kurds, which involved money, materiel, not to mention protection, soured relations between Ankara and Washington. Nabih Bulos, Los Angeles Times, "Trump orders troops out of northern Syria; Islamic State families flee camps and Kurds strike deal with Syria," 13 Oct. 2019 Just moving a few score men and their materiel to another part of the Middle East: Saudi Arabia. Michael Brendan Dougherty, National Review, "The America-First Chimera," 10 Oct. 2019 The materiel flooding the country’s battlefields betrays a larger conflict: one that has turned Libya into an international chess game embroiling the region’s potentates, Western powers — including the U.S. — and Russia. Nabih Bulos, Los Angeles Times, "Libya civil war and natural resources attract mix of nations," 2 Aug. 2019 Either way, this is a significant materiel loss for the company. Eric Berger, Wired, "What’s Known About the SpaceX Crew Dragon Accident," 23 Apr. 2019 Wartime employers negotiated for labor peace in the name of efficient production of materiel, and the economic prosperity that followed the end of World War II gave employees and employers alike an incentive to build on mutual good will. Los Angeles Times, "Column: Can labor unions lift themselves off the floor? A new book asks the question," 6 Aug. 2019 But after 40 years of cash and materiel shortages, the regime has learned how to wage imperialism on the cheap. Reuel Marc Gerecht, WSJ, "Tehran Counts on a Divided West," 12 Dec. 2018

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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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The first known use of matériel was in 1819

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3 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Matériel.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 25 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of matériel

: equipment and supplies used by soldiers

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