matte

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."

Primary Meanings of matte

1.
adjnv
not reflecting light; not glossy
the property of having little or no contrast; lacking highlights or gloss
change texture so as to become matted and felt-like
2.
n
a mixture of sulfides that forms when sulfide metal ores are smelted
Full Definitions of matte
1

adj not reflecting light; not glossy

“a photograph with a matte finish”
Synonyms:
flat, mat, matt, matted
dull
emitting or reflecting very little light

n the property of having little or no contrast; lacking highlights or gloss

Synonyms:
flatness, lusterlessness, lustrelessness, mat, matt
Type of:
dullness
a lack of visual brightness

v change texture so as to become matted and felt-like

Synonyms:
felt, felt up, mat, mat up, matt-up, matte up
Type of:
change
undergo a change; become different in essence; losing one's or its original nature
2

n a mixture of sulfides that forms when sulfide metal ores are smelted

Types:
sparkle metal
matte that has 74 percent copper
Type of:
mixture
(chemistry) a substance consisting of two or more substances mixed together (not in fixed proportions and not with chemical bonding)

Sign up, it's free!

Whether you're a student, an educator, or a lifelong learner, Vocabulary.com can put you on the path to systematic vocabulary improvement.