of, relating to, or consisting of metal.
of the nature of or suggesting metal, as in luster, resonance, or hardness: metallic green; a harsh metallic sound.
  1. (of a metal element) being in the free or uncombined state: metallic iron.
  2. containing or yielding metal.


  1. a yarn or fiber made partly or entirely of metal and having a metallic appearance.
  2. a fabric made of such a yarn or fiber.

Origin of metallic

1560–70; < Latin metallicus < Greek metallikós of, for mines. See metal, -ic
Related formsme·tal·li·cal·ly, adverbmet·al·lic·i·ty [met-l-is-i-tee] /ˌmɛt lˈɪs ɪ ti/, met·al·le·i·ty [met-l-ee-i-tee] /ˌmɛt lˈi ɪ ti/, nounin·ter·me·tal·lic, adjectivemul·ti·me·tal·lic, adjectivesem·i·me·tal·lic, adjectiveun·me·tal·lic, adjectiveun·me·tal·li·cal·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for metallic



of, concerned with, or consisting of metal or a metal
suggestive of a metala metallic click; metallic lustre
chem (of a metal element) existing in the free state rather than in combinationmetallic copper
Derived Formsmetallically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for metallic

1560s, from Middle French métallique or directly from Latin metallicus, from Greek metallikos, from metallon (see metal).

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Science definitions for metallic



Relating to or having the characteristics of a metal.
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