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

Other Words from metallic

metallically \ mə-​ˈta-​li-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce metallic (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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First Known Use of metallic

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

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“Metallic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for metallic


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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