[ mach ]
/ mætʃ /


verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)


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Origin of match

before 900; Middle English macche, Old English gemæcca mate, fellow

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Example sentences from the Web for unmatched

British Dictionary definitions for unmatched (1 of 3)

/ (ʌnˈmætʃt) /


not equalleda landscape of unmatched beauty
(of socks, clothes, etc) not matchingunmatched dresses and stockings

British Dictionary definitions for unmatched (2 of 3)

/ (mætʃ) /


verb (mainly tr)

Derived forms of match

matchable, adjectivematcher, nounmatching, adjective

Word Origin for match

Old English gemæcca spouse; related to Old High German gimmaha wife, Old Norse maki mate

British Dictionary definitions for unmatched (3 of 3)

/ (mætʃ) /


a thin strip of wood or cardboard tipped with a chemical that ignites by friction when rubbed on a rough surface or a surface coated with a suitable chemicalSee safety match
a length of cord or wick impregnated with a chemical so that it burns slowly. It is used to fire cannons, explosives, etc

Word Origin for match

C14: from Old French meiche, perhaps from Latin myxa wick, from Greek muxa lamp nozzle
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Idioms and Phrases with unmatched


see meet one's match; mix and match; whole ball of wax (shooting match).

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