I. or matt variant of mat III 1 II. adjective also mat or matt 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. 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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