Word of the Day
Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Definitions for matte

  1. Having a dull or lusterless surface: matte paint; a matte complexion; a photograph with a matte finish.
  2. A dull or dead surface, often slightly roughened, as on metals, paint, paper, or glass.
  3. A tool for producing such a surface.

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Citations for matte
The blue, red, and green of the china pattern were matte, but the white background glowed. James Collins, Beginner's Greek
In seconds the coals went from matte black to shiny wet and then back to matte black, as the stuff soaked in. A.M. Homes, Things You Should Know
Origin of matte
Matte comes form the Late Latin word mattus meaning "moist, soft, weak."