[ muh-teer-ee-al-i-tee ]
/ məˌtɪər iˈæl ɪ ti /

noun, plural ma·te·ri·al·i·ties for 2.

material nature or quality.
something material.

Origin of materiality

From the Medieval Latin word māteriālitās, dating back to 1520–30. See material, -ity Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for materiality


/ (məˌtɪərɪˈælɪtɪ) /


the state or quality of being physical or material
substance; matter
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Word Origin and History for materiality



1520s, "that which is the matter of something," from Modern Latin materialitas, from materialis (see material (adj.)). From 1560s as "quality of being material;" 1640s as "quality of being important to matters at hand."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper