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variants or matt

variant spellings of mat entry 3 sense 1


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


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: a crude mixture of sulfides formed in smelting sulfide ores of metals (such as copper, lead, or nickel)
: 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)

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
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Word History



French mat, from Old French, faded, defeated


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

First Known Use


circa 1648, in the meaning defined above


1839, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of matte was circa 1648

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Cite this Entry

“Matte.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


1 of 2
variants or matt

variant of mat entry 3 sense 1


2 of 2 adjective
variants also mat or matt
: lacking luster or gloss

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