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From Latin metallicus, from metallum (metal), from Ancient Greek μέταλλον (métallon).


  • (UK, US) IPA(key): /məˈtæl.ɪk/, /mɪˈtæl.ɪk/
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  • Rhymes: -ælɪk
  • Hyphenation: me‧tal‧lic


metallic (comparative more metallic, superlative most metallic)

  1. Of, relating to, or characteristic of metal.
  2. Made of or containing metal.
    • a. 1712, William King, “Rufinus: Or, The Favourite”, in The Works of the English Poets, volume XX, page 374:
      [] and, lo ! a palace towering ſeems, / With Parian pillars and metallic beams.
    • 1878, Sir Norman Lockyer, “On Dissociation”, in Studies in Spectrum Analysis, page 167:
      These chemical distinctions then, to which we have referred, are quite independent of physical condition. For instance, amongst the most metallic of the metals is a gas.
  3. (of a sound) Harsh, as if coming from two metals striking one another.
    • 1839, Edgar Allan Poe, “The Fall of the House of Usher”, in Tales, London: Wiley & Putnam, published 1846, page 81:
      No sooner had these syllables passed my lips, than—as if a shield of brass had indeed, at the moment, fallen heavily upon a floor of silver—I became aware of a distinct, hollow, metallic and clangorous, yet apparently muffled reverberation.


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metallic (plural metallics)

  1. A metallic color
    • 2007 May 24, Karin Nelson, “Keeping Time in Cool Comfort”, in New York Times[1]:
      As Robert Clergerie, whose unisex Popée shoe comes in an array of pastels and eye-popping metallics, explained the attraction, “It gives manhood to women.”