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noun
verb (used with object), mat·ted, mat·ting.
to cover with or as if with mats or matting.
to form into a mat, as by interweaving.
verb (used without object), mat·ted, mat·ting.
to become entangled; form tangled masses.
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Idioms about mat

    go to the mat, to contend or struggle in a determined or unyielding way: The president is going to the mat with Congress over the proposed budget cuts.

Origin of mat

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First recorded before 900; Middle English mat(te), Old English matt, matta, matte, from Late Latin matta “mat (of rushes),” from a Semitic language; compare Phoenician maṭṭa, Hebrew miṭṭāh “bed”

OTHER WORDS FROM mat

matless, adjective

Other definitions for mat (2 of 6)

mat2
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noun
a piece of cardboard or other material placed over or under a drawing, painting, photograph, etc., to serve as a frame or provide a border between the picture and the frame.
verb (used with object), mat·ted, mat·ting.
to provide (a picture) with a mat.

Origin of mat

2
First recorded in 1845–50; apparently mat1, influenced by matte1

Other definitions for mat (3 of 6)

mat3
[ mat ]
/ mæt /

adjective, noun, verb, mat·ted, mat·ting.

Other definitions for mat (4 of 6)

mat4
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noun Printing.
the intaglio, usually of papiermâché, impressed from type or a cut, from which a stereotype plate is cast.

Origin of mat

4
First recorded in 1920–25; shortened form of matrix

Other definitions for mat (5 of 6)

mat.

abbreviation
matins.
maturity.

Other definitions for mat (6 of 6)

M.A.T.

abbreviation
Master of Arts in Teaching.
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How to use mat in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for mat (1 of 4)

mat1
/ (mæt) /

noun
verb mats, matting or matted
to tangle or weave or become tangled or woven into a dense mass
(tr) to cover with a mat or mats

Derived forms of mat

matless, adjective

Word Origin for mat

Old English matte; related to Old High German matta

British Dictionary definitions for mat (2 of 4)

mat2
/ (mæt) /

noun
a border of cardboard, cloth, etc, placed around a picture to act as a frame or as a contrast between picture and frame
a surface, as on metal or paint
adjective
having a dull, lustreless, or roughened surface
verb mats, matting or matted (tr)
to furnish (a picture) with a mat
to give (a surface) a mat finish
Also (for senses 2, 4): matt

Word Origin for mat

C17: from French, literally: dead; see checkmate

British Dictionary definitions for mat (3 of 4)

mat3
/ (mæt) /

noun
printing informal short for matrix (def. 5)

British Dictionary definitions for mat (4 of 4)

mat.

abbreviation for
matinée
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Other Idioms and Phrases with mat

mat

see go to the mat; welcome mat.

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