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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Another was a dreamy light blue intimates set with metallic detailing and matching feathers that sprouted up from her shoulders. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Weeknd Cheers on Bella Hadid at the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show, Two Years After Their Awkward Runway Reunion," 9 Nov. 2018 This certainly isn't the first time that Gigi has left us considering adding some metallic to our wardrobe. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Gigi Hadid Wore Silver Eyeshadow," 7 Sep. 2018 The Misunderstood Pressed Powder Palette includes a mix of matte, metallic, and jewel-tone shades from matte white to metallic denim blue. Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, "ColourPop's New Disney Villains Makeup Collection Is the Badass Collab You've Been Waiting For," 20 Mar. 2019 Max Mara jumpsuit, $1,990,; Wing and Weft pink velvet gloves, similar at vintage stores; Marc Jacobs black and white striped skirt suit; Marc Jacobs metallic pink skirt suit; Tuleste white pom pom earrings, $60, Hannah Miller, Seventeen, "How to Pair Cool Sneakers with Your Favorite Holiday Party Outfits," 27 Nov. 2018 View this post on Instagram A post shared by Emily Ratajkowski (@emrata) on Mar 26, 2019 at 5:31am PDT Celeb makeup artist to the stars, Hung Vanngo, paired her pink hair with a shimmery metallic eyeshadow to match and a gorgeous nude lip. Maya Allen, Marie Claire, "Emily Ratajkowski Looks Unreal With Pastel Pink Hair," 19 Apr. 2019 Jean Royère chairs, upholstered in a metallic fabric, and a shimmery dining table by Martin Szekely top a circular hide rug whose fuchsia and navy stripes reflect in a golden console by the Campana Brothers. Vicky Lowry, ELLE Decor, "Delphine Krakoff Crafts a Magical Beachfront Retreat in Miami," 16 Apr. 2019 Foil also proved popular back in 2017, with Smashbox unveiling a line of lip colors that gave your pout a metallic finish. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Pinterest Shared Its Most Popular Holiday Beauty Routines for 2018," 6 Nov. 2018 While the design is new, tricking out the tool in a metallic finish is not. Cheryl Wischhover, Vox, "Dyson’s new $500 golden hair dryer, explained," 29 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of metallic

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

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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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