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[muh-teer-ee-el] /məˌtɪər iˈɛl/
the aggregate of things used or needed in any business, undertaking, or operation (distinguished from personnel).
Military. arms, ammunition, and equipment in general.
Also, materiel.
Origin of matériel
1805-15; < French; see material
Can be confused
material, matériel. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for materiel
  • Let's outlaw all weapons and destroy all our war materiel, so no one can be shot or blown up or killed in war.
  • Commentators ignore the immense military use of materiel better used for peaceful purposes.
  • Facts are mere materiel meant to be invented, discarded, smelted and recast in service of the cause.
  • In less dramatic cases, matériel gets ditched simply because the cost to ship it home is too great.
  • materiel and manpower were drawn from all parts of the world.
British Dictionary definitions for materiel


the materials and equipment of an organization, esp of a military force Compare personnel
Word Origin
C19: from French: material
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Word Origin and History for materiel

1814, from French matériel "material," noun use of adj. matériel (see material (adj.)). A later borrowing of the same word that became material (n.).

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