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matte

variants: or matt

Definition of matte

  • variant spellings of 1

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matte

adjective
variants: or less commonly or matt play \ˈmat\

Definition of matte

:lacking or deprived of luster (see 2luster 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 1) surface

Examples of matte in a Sentence

  1. a photograph with a matte finish

  2. I chose a paint with a matte finish so the walls wouldn't be too shiny.

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Origin and Etymology of matte

French mat, from Old French, faded, defeated

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matte

play
noun \ ˈmat \

Definition of matte

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)

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Origin and Etymology of matte

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

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MATTE Defined for English Language Learners

matte

adjective

Definition of matte for English Language Learners

  • : having a surface that is not shiny



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