Definition of metallic adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//məˈtælɪk//
    ; NAmE NAmE//məˈtælɪk//
    [usually before noun]
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  1. 1that looks, tastes or sounds like metal metallic paint/colours/blue a metallic taste a metallic sound/click a metallic voice (= that sounds unpleasant)
  2. 2made of or containing metal a metallic object metallic compounds
  3. Word Originlate Middle English: via Latin from Greek metallikos, from metallon ‘mine, quarry, or metal’.Extra examples His voice sounded harsh and metallic. The colours were almost metallic. a slightly metallic flavour
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: metallic