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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Recent Examples on the Web

Get short, as Alicia Vikander did beautifully in Louis Vuitton (also metallic jacquard . . Edward Barsamian, Vogue, "10 Best Dressed: Week of October 8, 2018," 8 Oct. 2018 Also among the pieces is a traditional Pakistani wedding ensemble of red silk and chiffon, with metallic embroidery and glass beads. Fox News, "San Francisco museum shows off modern Muslim women's fashion," 21 Sep. 2018 Some of those playing boules, also known as petanque, saw what was going on and threw their heavy metallic balls at the attacker — with one hitting his head — before plain-clothes policemen arrested the man. Sylvie Corbet, The Seattle Times, "Petanque players in Paris praised for stopping knife attack," 10 Sep. 2018 And then there's the bit where the planet is almost entirely made up of core, with thin shells of mantle and crust surrounding a giant metallic ball. Meghan Bartels,, "What Would It Take to Land on Mercury? It's Time to Find Out, Scientists Say," 30 Aug. 2018 When closed, the outside of the aluminum panels are a plain, metallic gray. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "This apartment building’s facade blooms like a flower," 23 Aug. 2018 With nothing but a metallic suit, Maluma created arguably the steamiest moment of the night. Hanna Lustig, Teen Vogue, "VMAs 2018: Watch all the Performances from Ariana Grande, Shawn Mendes, Nicki Minaj, and More," 21 Aug. 2018 Each knit style, either striped, ribbed, or metallic, is available in two color choices for $39.95 each. Shoshana Wodinsky, The Verge, "Fitbit releases new wristbands for its Versa smartwatch," 23 July 2018 Instead the heavyweight champion emerged from a cab in a metallic blue silk suit. Deneen L. Brown, Washington Post, "‘Shoot them for what?’ How Muhammad Ali won his greatest fight," 16 June 2018

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First Known Use of metallic

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

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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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