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

Barbie wears the metallic Ziggy space suit with red and blue stripes, flared shoulders and cherry red platform boots. Washington Post, "Barbie goes glam rock to honor David Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust," 12 July 2019 The guitars sound like the metallic score to some pagan ceremony. Matt Wake |,, "Guitar hero Tracii Guns talks L.A. Guns, Axl, Izzy," 11 July 2019 The video features the superstar dancing with a crowd of downtown-cool models of various gender expressions wearing metallic makeup looks. Bella Cacciatore, Glamour, "Everything We Know About Haus Laboratories, Lady Gaga’s Makeup Line," 9 July 2019 With the slide of a button, the antibacterial nozzle slips back inside the cylinder that’s coated in a metallic finish. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Meet Sonny, a stylish portable bidet," 9 July 2019 Of course, Kitsch x Justine Marjan carries your standard snap clip and a line of metallic bobby pins, but their rhinestone hair pins with phrases are a must-have. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Sephora Will Carry Kitsch x Justine Marjan Hair Accessories," 5 July 2019 Ponytails and bangs coated in odd colors like metallic green, pale yellow, or sparkly glitter to match with crystal-embelessorized in small, shiny black beads to resemble a caviar texture, similar to more of the embellishments on the clothing. Kristen Bateman, Allure, "Schiaparelli Makes the Case for Matching Your Makeup to Your Outfit," 3 July 2019 Crucially, though, inflation dropped sharply and the commission put the official kibosh (pdf) on a return to a fixed metallic standard. Gwynn Guilford, Quartz, "The quiet campaign to reinstate the gold standard is getting louder," 3 July 2019 Flash powder, made from a composite of metallic fuel and an oxidizer, requires ignition to create a bright flash — one that film can capture, and one that allowed photographers to take photos anywhere without sunlight. Marlo Safi, National Review, "A Raw Look at the New ‘Other Half’," 29 June 2019

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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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