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matte (n.1)

"backing for a picture," 1845, from French; see mat (n.2).

matte (n.2)

in metallurgy, "impure and unfinished product of the smelting of copper or other ores," 1839, from French matte, from the adjective meaning "dull, dim" (see mat (adj.)).

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Definitions of matte from WordNet
1
matte (n.)
a mixture of sulfides that forms when sulfide metal ores are smelted;
matte (n.)
the property of having little or no contrast; lacking highlights or gloss;
Synonyms: flatness / lusterlessness / lustrelessness / mat / matt
2
matte (v.)
change texture so as to become matted and felt-like;
Synonyms: felt / felt up / mat up / matt-up / matte up / mat
3
matte (adj.)
not reflecting light; not glossy;
a photograph with a matte finish
Synonyms: flat / mat / matt / matted
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