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 \ -​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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Rosie joined the league of breathtaking attendees in stunning silver and metallic looks, like Jennifer Lopez, Brie Larson, and more. Carrie Goldberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "Rosie Huntington-Whiteley & Jason Statham Did What They Do Best at Last Night's Oscars —Look Gorgeous.," 25 Feb. 2019 Gigi’s colorblock pants were quite the statement makers, with panels of black, bright white, and metallic gold making up the high-waisted silhouette. Avery Matera, Teen Vogue, "Gigi Hadid Wore a Sheer Top and Jeans to Bella Hadid's Birthday Party," 10 Oct. 2018 The metallic-looking patterned trim that spans the instrument panel adds an upscale touch. Jeff Yip, Houston Chronicle, "VW’s revamped 2019 Jetta R-Line delivers bang for the buck," 5 May 2018 Take a gander at this major metallic moment: So sparkly! Rachel Torgerson, Cosmopolitan, "Jennifer Lawrence's Sexy Golden Dress Pairs Perfectly With White Wine — You'll See," 5 Mar. 2018 Lagerfeld's sketches for the lobby imagine an impressive entrance hall in metallic shades and accents, flanked by photographs of his own making and gleaming columns and chandeliers. Erik Maza, Town & Country, "Karl Lagerfeld Turns Interior Designer With a New Miami Masterpiece," 3 Jan. 2019 Mthrshp Subversive: Metalmorphosis is touted as the next generation of the limited-edition Lab Metalmorphosis 005, featuring all gleaming metallic shades in Sterling, Gold Standard, Bronze, Smoked Amethyst, Metallurgy, and Copper. Marci Robin, Allure, "Pat McGrath Labs' Holiday Collection Features Three New Eye Palettes and a New Lipstick in Eight Shades," 13 Oct. 2018 The green, metallic-looking beetles typically leave larvae that feed on the inner bark, cutting off nutrients and water to ash trees, which are native to Illinois. Phil Rockrohr,, "Lake Zurich to replace 200 more trees this summer because of emerald ash borer," 22 June 2018 Airport checkpoint security was federalized under TSA after the terrorist hijackings Sept. 11, 2001, and has become stricter in recent years with developments of non-metallic explosives. Bart Jansen, USA TODAY, "TSA: Fliers will face more scrutiny for powders in carry-on bags," 19 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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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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