• (British) enPR: măt, IPA: /mæt/
  • (America) enPR: măt, IPA: /mæt/, [mæʔ(t̚)]

mat (plural mats)

  1. A flat piece of coarse material used for wiping one’s feet, or as a decorative or protective floor covering.
    Wipe your feet on the mat before coming in.
  2. A small flat piece of material used to protect a surface from anything hot or rough; a coaster.
    They put mats on the table during mealtimes.
  3. (athletics) A floor pad to protect athletes.
    The high jumper cleared the bar and landed safely on the mat.
  4. A thickly tangled mess.
    a mat of hair
    a mat of weeds
  5. A thin layer of woven, non-woven, or knitted fiber that serves as reinforcement to a material.
  6. A thin surface layer; superficial cover.
    Iceland moss growing in a mat
Translations Translations
  • German: Matte, Unterlage
  • Italian: sottopiatto
  • Russian: подста́вка
  • Spanish: salvamanteles, posavasos (coaster)
  • German: Matte
  • Italian: materassino
  • Russian: мат
  • Spanish: colchoneta
  • French: épais fouillis
  • Russian: ком
  • Russian: подсти́лка

mat (mats, present participle matting; past and past participle matted)

  1. (transitive) To cover, protect or decorate with mats.
  2. (intransitive) To form a thick, tangled mess; to interweave into, or like, a mat; to entangle.
    • And o'er his eyebrows hung his matted hair.


  1. (coppersmithing) An alloy of copper, tin, iron, etc.; white metal.

mat (plural mats)

  1. (dated slang) Abbreviation of matinee#English|matinee performance at a theater.
    • 1898, The Hotel/Motor Hotel Monthly, Vol. 6, page 27:
      A gents' toilet room might be found in a house that caters for the cheaper class of theatrical patronage, where the slangy language of the "goin' to the mat this aft?" style prevails. A gents toilet room is not found in the Southern Hotel. It either "men's" or "gentlemen's".

mat (plural mats)

  1. (video games, slang) A material or component needed for a crafting recipe.
    To make a luck potion, you need several rare herbs as mats.

mat (plural mats)

  1. Alternative spelling of matte
    the mat of a daguerreotype

Proper noun
  1. A diminutive of the male given name Matthew.


mat (plural mats)

  1. Initialism of medication-assisted treatment

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