material

[ muh-teer-ee-uhl ]
/ məˈtɪər i əl /

noun

adjective

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Origin of material

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

synonym study for material

1. See matter.

OTHER WORDS FROM material

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH material

material matériel
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British Dictionary definitions for materials (1 of 2)

materials
/ (məˈtɪərɪəlz) /

pl n

the equipment necessary for a particular activity

British Dictionary definitions for materials (2 of 2)

material
/ (məˈtɪərɪəl) /

noun

adjective

See also materials

Derived forms of material

materialness, noun

Word Origin for material

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