or ma·te·ri·el



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

Related Words for materiel

arms, gear, provisions, equipment, machinery, tackle, apparatus

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British Dictionary definitions for materiel




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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Word Origin and History for materiel

1814, from French matériel "material," noun use of adj. matériel (see material (adj.)). A later borrowing of the same word that became material (n.).

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