- a male given name, form of Matthew.
or mat, matt
- having a dull or lusterless surface: matte paint; a matte complexion; a photograph with a matte finish.
- a dull or dead surface, often slightly roughened, as on metals, paint, paper, or glass.
- a tool for producing such a surface.
- Metallurgy. an unfinished metallic product of the smelting of certain sulfide ores, especially those of copper.
- Movies. matte shot.
- to finish with a matte surface.
Origin of matte1
1640–50; < French mat (masculine), matte (feminine), Old French < Late Latin mattus moist, soft, weak, perhaps < *maditus, derivative of Latin madēre to be wet
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Examples from the Web for matt
Fellow SEAL Matt Bissonnette also claims to have shot bin Laden.Exclusive: Bin Laden ‘Shooter’ Under Investigation for Leaking Secrets
December 23, 2014
“This puts some real pressure on Chris Christie,” said Matt Mackowiak, a GOP strategist.How A Jeb Bush Candidacy Would Hurt Chris Christie And Shake Up The 2016 GOP Field
December 16, 2014
Matt was a guy I would see at a coffee shop here in town from time to time.
You see, even Matt was going through something tough at the time.
Writing the script with Matt was a good way for me to start to close the door on that particular period of my life.
I have a few things to do, and John can call me if you need me, Matt!The Foolish Lovers
St. John G. Ervine
Matt Abrahamson's daughter Molly had had a baby who had died a month or so before.Howard Pyle's Book of Pirates
Matt it was who tried to put him into the harness and make him haul sled with the other dogs.
He could not be satisfied with less, as Matt learned after much inconvenience and trouble.
Near the gang-plank, Scott was shaking hands with Matt, who was preparing to go ashore.
- an impure fused material consisting of metal sulphides produced during the smelting of a sulphide ore
C19: from French
- films television a mask used to blank out part of an image so that another image can be superimposed
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Word Origin and History for matt
"backing for a picture," 1845, from French; see mat (n.2).
variant of mat (n.2).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper