material

[ muh-teer-ee-uhl ]
/ məˈtɪər i əl /

noun

adjective

Origin of material

1300–50; Middle English < Late Latin māteriālis of, belonging to matter. See matter, -al1

Related forms

Can be confused

material matériel

Synonym study

1. See matter.
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British Dictionary definitions for material

material

/ (məˈtɪərɪəl) /

noun

adjective

See also materials

Derived Forms

materialness, noun

Word Origin for material

C14: via French from Late Latin māteriālis, from Latin māteria matter
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