Pronunciation Noun

matte (plural mattes)

  1. (arts, photography) A decorative border around a picture used to inset and center the contents of a frame.
    Synonyms: mat, matting, passe-partout
    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. (cinema) A background, often painted or created with computers
    Matte painting is a tool that filmmakers can use to create a scene that is impossible to achieve with conventional cinematographic means.
  3. (pyrometallurgy) The molten metal sulfide phases typically formed during smelting of copper, nickel, and other base metals.
  • German: Passepartout
  • Portuguese: passe-partout
  • Russian: паспарту́


  1. (American spelling) Dull; not reflective of light.
    Synonyms: matt
    Antonyms: glossy
    Flat or matte paint allows a deep color expression on the walls while also hiding flaws that may be inherent on the painted surface.
    a matte lipstick

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