or ma·te·ri·el

[ muh-teer-ee-el ]
/ məˌtɪər iˈɛl /


the aggregate of things used or needed in any business, undertaking, or operation (distinguished from personnel).
Military. arms, ammunition, and equipment in general.

Origin of matériel

From French, dating back to 1805–15; see origin at material

Can be confused

material matériel Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for materiel



/ (məˌtɪərɪˈɛl) /


the materials and equipment of an organization, esp of a military forceCompare personnel

Word Origin for materiel

C19: from French: material
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