AskDefine | Define matte

Dictionary Definition

matte adj : not reflecting light; not glossy; "flat wall paint"; "a photograph with a matte finish" [syn: flat, mat, matt, matted]


1 a mixture of sulfides that forms when sulfide metal ores are smelted
2 the property of having little or no contrast; lacking highlights or gloss [syn: flatness, lusterlessness, lustrelessness, mat, matt] v : change texture so as to become matted and felt-like; "The fabric felted up after several washes" [syn: felt, felt up, mat up, matt-up, matte up, mat]

User Contributed Dictionary



  • US: /mæt/


  1. art photography A decorative border around a picture
    The image is a perfect square of 8 cm (with white matte border the total dimensions are 14 cm tall by 11 cm wide).
  2. In the context of "cinema": A background, often painted or created with computers
    Matte painting is a tool that filmmakers can use to create a scene that is either too impractical, too costly or simply too impossible to achieve with conventional cinematographic means.''
  3. In the context of "pyrometallurgy": The molten metal sulfide phases typically formed during smelting of copper, nickel, and other base metals


  1. dull, not reflective of light
    Flat or matte paint allows a deep color expression on the walls while also hiding flaws that may be inherent on the painted surface.


not reflective of light



matte p


  1. Plural of matta



matte (まって)
  1. 待って: Te-form of 待つ, to wait
  2. 舞って: Te-form of 舞う, to dance



  1. Rug, mat
  2. Short form of "matematikk", mathematics


  1. Make something dull, matte
  2. To deliver a checkmate



  1. female owner of a pet, originally short form of matmor
  2. maths, short form of matematik

Extensive Definition

Matte may refer to:
In film:
  • Matte (filmmaking), film and video technology
  • Matte painting, a process of creating sets used in film and video
  • Matte box, a camera accessory for controlling lens glare
  • Open matte, a filming technique that involves matting out the top and bottom of the film frame in the movie projector
In other fields:


  • Matte Babel (born 1980), MuchMusic VJ (video jockey) in Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • Tom Matte (born 1939), American football player, quarterback in college and (mostly) running back in the NFL (1960s-1970s)
  • Matte family, a powerful Chilean family

See also

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

Photostat, Xerox, Xerox copy, blowup, blueprint, contact printing, cyanotype, enlargement, glossy, hologram, lantern slide, microcopy, microprint, photocopy, photogravure, photostatic copy, positive, print, projection printing, semi-matte, slide, transparency
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