Meaning of MATTE in English



or matt

variant of mat III 1

II. adjective

also mat or matt ˈmat

Etymology: French mat, from Old French, faded, defeated

Date: circa 1648

: lacking or deprived of luster or gloss: as

a. : having a usually smooth even surface free from shine or highlights

matte metals

a matte finish

b. : having a rough or granular surface

III. ˈmat noun

Etymology: French, from Middle French, crude metal, curdled milk, from feminine of mat thick, dull, matte

Date: 1839

1. : a crude mixture of sulfides formed in smelting sulfide ores of metals (as copper, lead, or nickel)

2. : a motion-picture effect in which part of a scene is blocked out and later replaced by footage containing other material (as a background painting)

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