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)

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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 There’s also a bronzer compact called Give Me Life and the shade is a soft, matte golden bronze that can be used all over or just as a contour. Shannon Barbour, The Cut, "Who’s Ready for ‘Sandy Crotch’ Eye Shadow?," 31 May 2018 To achieve a soft, matte effect, the lightweight mousse glides on and sets with a powdery matte finish that looks and feels like skin. Marissa Miller, Teen Vogue, "Giorgio Armani Beauty Face Fabric Is Officially Back," 15 Mar. 2018 The details are humble and un-flashy, too; buttery soft, matte leather, a notch lapel, a patch chest pocket, and a single breasted closure. Megan Gustashaw, GQ, "Daniel Craig's Other Big News: He's Bringing Back the Leather Blazer," 16 Aug. 2017 The formula is really hydrating and leaves behind a satin finish that isn't too matte or too glossy. Carly Cardellino, Cosmopolitan, "The Hottest Fall Lip Colors To Wear Now," 11 Nov. 2013 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun For example, a sheet of matte black and white hex mosaic with a snowflake design starts at $6.75 per square foot at Home Depot. Michelle Brunner, Twin Cities, "Tiny tiles are making a big comeback, with a modern twist," 19 Oct. 2019 For example, a sheet of matte black and white hex mosaic with a snowflake design starts at $6.75 per square foot at Home Depot. Michelle Brunner, Washington Post, "Tiny tiles are back in a big way," 15 Oct. 2019 Now that's a cause everyone can get behind, regardless of your preference of matte versus satin lipstick. Karina Hoshikawa, Allure, "Exclusive: Charlotte Tilbury Is Launching a Second Hot Lips Collection," 8 May 2019 It's positioned center-front on the dash, and it's made from a glossy black plastic that looks out of place with the rest of the matte finishes on the dashboard and the interior. Eric Bangeman, Ars Technica, "Review: Ford crosses over into the mini-SUV segment with tiny EcoSport," 19 Sep. 2018 The matte back—which extends all the way to the top now, eliminating the trademark two-tone look—feels more like metal than glass, and the aluminum sides are polished to give them the same texture. Michael Simon, PCWorld, "Google Pixel 4 hands-on: Once again, it's about features, not design," 15 Oct. 2019 So basically, keep lighter, shimmery shades on the lids, and darker, matte colors closer to the lash line and crease. Yerin Kim, Seventeen, "10 Tips For Mastering Hooded Eye Makeup," 31 July 2019 The shades live up to their name with bold and daring matte colors. Asia Milia Ware, Teen Vogue, "This New Beauty Brand Named Its Lipsticks After Iconic Black Women," 26 Apr. 2019 Formerly, the packaging was matte black bottle with mustard-yellow and aqua-blue lettering. Shannon Barbour, The Cut, "Bumble and Bumble’s Beach Wave Spray Has a New Scent," 14 May 2018

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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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The first known use of matte was circa 1648

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“Matte.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 9 December 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of matte

: having a surface that is not shiny

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