matte

variants: or matt

Definition of matte

 (Entry 1 of 3)

variant spellings of 1

matte

adjective
\ 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

matte

noun
\ 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 Lamborghini has also added a few other colors to the Urus's standard color palette, including a new metallic grey called Grigio Keres, and a few matte paint options including black, grey, blue, and white. Joey Capparella, Car and Driver, "2021 Lamborghini Urus Adds Splashy New Colors, More Features," 17 June 2020 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 The console has a pleasing matte finish to cut down on fingerprints and feels nice and hefty. Brittany Vincent, CNN Underscored, "Jump into Night City with the gorgeous Xbox One X Cyberpunk 2077 Limited Edition console," 29 June 2020 Sold in a set of two, panels are made-to-order with a matte finish. Elizabeth Sweet, Better Homes & Gardens, "Sunny Removable Wallpaper Patterns for a Fast Summer Room Refresh," 29 June 2020 The internet has found a game-changing beauty tool that fights oil and gives you glowing matte skin in just a few seconds. Eva Thomas, PEOPLE.com, "This Oil-Fighting Roller Was Sold Out for Weeks — but It’s Finally Back," 22 June 2020 The barrel has a clear matte finish and twist rate of 1:16. John B. Snow, Outdoor Life, "The Ultimate Truck Gun Build (Plus 14 More Guns for Your Pickup)," 5 June 2020 The woman was in her late twenties, diminutive, with a matte black eyebrow stud and dreadlocks. August Cole, Wired, "AI, AR, and the (Somewhat) Speculative Future of a Tech-Fueled FBI," 5 June 2020 Outside, fuel escaped in plumes, glittering brightly against the matte black of space before vanishing. Marina Koren, The Atlantic, "A Historic Moment at the International Space Station," 31 May 2020 Additionally, even with the bright color finishes, there is still a matte outer shell. Jacob Krol, CNN, "Powerbeats Pro are landing soon in yellow, pink, red and blue," 29 May 2020 Paint it with a matte spray paint intended for plastics like Krylon Fusion. Joseph Albanese, Outdoor Life, "4 Off-Season Waterfowl Projects that Will Improve Your Decoy Spread (and Your Home)," 26 May 2020

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First Known Use of matte

Adjective

circa 1648, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1839, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for matte

Adjective

French mat, from Old French, faded, defeated

Noun

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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Cite this Entry

“Matte.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/matte. Accessed 9 Jul. 2020.

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More Definitions for matte

matte

adjective
How to pronounce matte (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of matte

: having a surface that is not shiny

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