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[guhn-met-l] /ˈgʌnˌmɛt l/
any of various alloys or metallic substances with a dark gray or blackish color or finish, used for chains, belt buckles, etc.
Also called gunmetal gray. a dark gray with bluish or purplish tinge.
a bronze formerly much used for cannon.
an alloy of 88 percent copper, 10 percent tin, and 2 percent zinc, cast or machined for use in valves, gears, and other parts.
Also, gun metal.
Origin of gunmetal
1535-45; gun1 + metal Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for gunmetal
  • More charms appeared on gunmetal silk dresses and skirts, and fringe crowned a coatdress in gold ottoman silk.
  • The mirror, a perfect hexagon of gunmetal gray, stands vertically on a low platform.
  • The gunmetal-gray launches are revving their engines impatiently, itching to begin their nightly chase after smugglers.
  • Today he's staring at the face of a thug on the screen of his gunmetal-gray laptop.
  • The blue racer may show varying shades of gunmetal gray or blue above and below with a darker head and eye area.
British Dictionary definitions for gunmetal


a type of bronze containing copper (88 per cent), tin (8–10 per cent), and zinc (2–4 per cent): used for parts that are subject to wear or to corrosion, esp by sea water
any of various dark grey metals used for toys, belt buckles, etc
  1. a dark grey colour with a purplish or bluish tinge
  2. (as adjective): gunmetal chiffon
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