Matte things aren't shiny, but instead have a somewhat dull or flat surface. When you print out a photo, you can usually choose between a glossy or matte finish.

The matte surface of your new refrigerator doesn't reflect your image the way your old shiny stainless steel one did, and your grandmother's excessive use of face powder gives her skin a matte look. Wall paint can be purchased in different finishes, ranging from matte (or flat) to glossy. The French root is mat, "dead, dull surface," from the Old French meaning, "dull or dejected," which may stem from the Latin mattus, "maudlin with drink."

Definitions of matte
  1. adjective
    not reflecting light; not glossy
    “a photograph with a matte finish”
    synonyms: flat, mat, matt, matted
    emitting or reflecting very little light
  2. noun
    the property of having little or no contrast; lacking highlights or gloss
    synonyms: flatness, lusterlessness, lustrelessness, mat, matt
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    type of:
    a lack of visual brightness
  3. verb
    change texture so as to become matted and felt-like
    synonyms: felt, felt up, mat, mat up, matt-up, matte up
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    type of:
    undergo a change; become different in essence; losing one's or its original nature
  4. noun
    a mixture of sulfides that forms when sulfide metal ores are smelted
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    sparkle metal
    matte that has 74 percent copper
    type of:
    (chemistry) a substance consisting of two or more substances mixed together (not in fixed proportions and not with chemical bonding)
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