variants: or matt

Definition of matte

 (Entry 1 of 3)

variant spellings of 1


\ ˈmat How to pronounce matte (audio) \
variants: or less commonly or matt

Definition of matte (Entry 2 of 3)

: lacking or deprived of luster (see luster entry 1 sense 1) or gloss: such as
a : having a usually smooth even surface free from shine or highlights matte metals a matte finish
b : having a rough or granular (see granular sense 1) surface


\ ˈmat How to pronounce matte (audio) \

Definition of matte (Entry 3 of 3)

1 : a crude mixture of sulfides formed in smelting sulfide ores of metals (such as copper, lead, or nickel)
2 : a motion-picture effect in which part of a scene is blocked out and later replaced by footage containing other material (such as a background painting)

Synonyms & Antonyms for matte

Synonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Adjective

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Examples of matte in a Sentence

Adjective a photograph with a matte finish I chose a paint with a matte finish so the walls wouldn't be too shiny.
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The 22-year-old reported to the Detroit Tigers’ spring training facility Sunday morning, cruising into the players' parking lot at Joker Marchant Stadium in a matte-gray 2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG G63. Evan Petzold, Detroit Free Press, 20 Feb. 2022 The pastel theme extends to the eye shadows, four of which are shimmers and eight that are matte. Gabi Thorne, Allure, 25 Feb. 2022 In addition to modern silhouettes, today’s popular offerings are matte rather than shiny, says Mr. Rosser, who is based in Dallas. Alina Dizik, WSJ, 16 Mar. 2022 Designed for daily commuting, the bag features a matte weather-resistant coating and is made of recycled fabric. Danielle Directo-meston, The Hollywood Reporter, 15 Feb. 2022 Importantly, Samsung appears to have settled for a matte glass aspect for the Galaxy S22 Ultra. Chris Smith, BGR, 30 Dec. 2021 The optional extra also includes matte carbon-fiber trim to the likes of the steering wheel, door panels, and center console. Greg Fink, Car and Driver, 17 Nov. 2021 Packaging aside, the semi-matte lipstick shades are gorgeous and comfortable enough for all-day wearing. Andrea Navarro, Glamour, 17 Feb. 2022 While the skin was kept fresh with a semi-matte glow, powered by Tula’s daily sunscreen and rose glow eye balm beneath an application of MAC’s Studio Fix Tech Cream-to-Powder Foundation, the eyes were the stars of the makeup look. Kiana Murden, Vogue, 16 Feb. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Ratajkowski kept her glam low-key and ‘90s inspired, sweeping her hair into a bun and wearing a subtle, muted pink lip color with a matte finish. Sam Reed, Glamour, 6 May 2022 Its matte finish is buildable, has a slight glow to it, and keeps your skin from looking cakey. Madison Yauger,, 5 May 2022 The fabric of the clothes are a mix of matte and shine and prices range from $15 to $95. Brooklyn White, Essence, 20 Apr. 2022 The coverage has to be just so: enough to even skin tone and conceal redness, under-eye darkness, and hyperpigmentation, without being matte or obvious. Megan Decker,, 24 Mar. 2021 What really seals the deal for me, though, is the texture, which is beyond creamy, and has a matte finish. Andrea Navarro, Glamour, 20 Apr. 2022 Tarte Shape Tape Concealer delivers long-lasting coverage that feels barely there with a matte finish. Janine Henni,, 15 Apr. 2022 This advanced all-natural moisturizer from Awake Human hydrates, softens, and smooths the skin with a unique matte-finish formula. Grooming Playbook, The Salt Lake Tribune, 7 Apr. 2022 Available in 13 shades, the cruelty-free and vegan cover-up is full coverage and has a matte finish. Jackie Fields,, 1 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of matte


circa 1648, in the meaning defined above


1839, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for matte


French mat, from Old French, faded, defeated


French, from Middle French, crude metal, curdled milk, from feminine of mat thick, dull, matte

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“Matte.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 May. 2022.

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