me·​tal·​lic | \ mə-ˈta-lik How to pronounce metallic (audio) \

Definition of metallic

1a : of, relating to, or being a metal
b : made of or containing a metal
c : having properties of a metal
2 : yielding metal
3 : resembling metal: such as
a : having iridescent and reflective properties metallic paint
b : having an acrid quality like that of metal the tea has a metallic taste
4a : having a harsh resonance : grating a metallic voice
b : having an impersonal or mechanical quality a metallic smile

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Other Words from metallic

metallically \ mə-​ˈta-​li-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce metallically (audio) \ adverb

Examples of metallic in a Sentence

We chose a paint with a metallic luster. The medicine has a metallic taste. Silver is a metallic element. the metallic screech of the car's brakes
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Recent Examples on the Web As a result, Chinese companies are developing a leg-up on the world in terms of how to work with metallic colleagues. The Economist, "The world after covid-19 Kai-Fu Lee on how covid spurs China’s great robotic leap forward," 25 June 2020 Right now, the metallic style for women is on sale. Amanda Tarlton, USA TODAY, "13 Amazon deals on summer 2020’s trendiest shoes: Crocs, Adidas, and more," 24 June 2020 The new line, produced by York Wallcovering, includes 76 different botanical designs featuring bold florals, metallic accents, and sophisticated color palettes. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, "Finally! Rifle Paper Co.’s First-Ever Wallpaper Collection is Here," 23 June 2020 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 That radar is vital, because a metal detector on its own is not sufficient to find a mine or a bomb because the explosive material can be contained in plastic or other non-metallic covers. Christina Mackenzie, Popular Science, "This 1.9-ton steel arm can spot bombs and lift soldiers out of harm’s way," 17 June 2020 After the Civil War, with the advent of metallic cartridges, a great many New Model Army revolvers were converted to cartridge use in .36 and .46 rimfire. David E. Petzal, Field & Stream, "Wild West Guns that Hollywood Forgot," 10 June 2020 The Mustang Mach-E GT models feature a more aggressive-looking metallic front grille—sporting the Mustang badge—along with 20-inch wheels, red brake calipers, and a GT badge on the rear. Connor Hoffman, Car and Driver, "2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E GT Will Be Available in Eye-Popping Cyber Orange," 10 June 2020 Get them in olive green, metallic blue, light gray suede, or a range of other collectible colors. Lindsey Olander, Condé Nast Traveler, "11 White Sneakers That Pair With Everything In Your Suitcase," 8 June 2020

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First Known Use of metallic

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of metallic was in the 15th century

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28 Jun 2020

Cite this Entry

“Metallic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Jul. 2020.

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How to pronounce metallic (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of metallic

: shiny like metal
: tasting like metal
: made of metal or containing metal


me·​tal·​lic | \ mə-ˈta-lik How to pronounce metallic (audio) \

Kids Definition of metallic

1 : relating to, being, or resembling a metal a metallic color
2 : containing or made of metal metallic objects
3 : having a harsh sound a metallic noise


me·​tal·​lic | \ mə-ˈtal-ik How to pronounce metallic (audio) \

Medical Definition of metallic

1 : of, relating to, or being a metal
2 : made of or containing a metal
3 : having properties of a metal

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