me·tal·lic | \mə-ˈta-lik \

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 \-li-k(ə-)lē \ 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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Woodley wore an eye-catching silver metallic gown while the fullback for the Union Bordeaux Bègles opted for a navy blue suit. Mike Miller,, "Shailene Woodley Makes Her Red Carpet Debut with Rugby Player Boyfriend Ben Volavola," 24 May 2018 Covered in crystal shards and metallic embroidery the innovative minidress meshed with Stewart’s personal style right down to the simple black heels. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Kristen Stewart Goes Barefoot on the Cannes Red Carpet—And Wins," 14 May 2018 To the uninitiated, the mysterious bottles and dome-shaped, metallic objects might not immediately disclose their purpose. Richard Schiffman, New York Times, "The Sweet Smell of Osmanthus Absolute," 28 Feb. 2018 For one, one of the skeletons was found with small metallic discs running down its trunk. Ryan P. Smith, Smithsonian, "Newly Unearthed Civil War Bones Speak Silently to the Grim Aftermath of Battle," 20 June 2018 First, the politicians rolled by, including Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Weston, and Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel, who was accompanied by a full complement of deputies and volunteers handing out necklaces of metallic beads. Anne Geggis,, "Pride and joy as Wilton Manors celebrates with big party," 17 June 2018 But one of the most frustrating is dysgeusia, a side effect which causes food to taste bland, bitter, metallic or simply off, meaning patients can’t lean on their favorite comfort foods when things get rough. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "This Beer Was Developed For Breast Cancer Patients," 9 July 2018 For a flip on the metallic/wood trend, this table from AllModern has a silver-finish top with a natural wooden base. Emily Heller, Curbed, "10 dining room tables under $1,000," 29 June 2018 The paint finish is metallic, or somewhat pearlized. Lindsey Murray, Good Housekeeping, "KitchenAid Mixers Are 55% Off at Williams-Sonoma for the 4th of July," 27 June 2018

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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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More Definitions for metallic


me·tal·lic | \mə-ˈta-lik \

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 \

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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