matte, mat, matt

A dull finish—as opposed to a shiny or glossy finish—on photos, paint or other surfaces is said to be matte.

  • Do you want your photos printed on glossy or matte paper?
  • Hard–wearing oil–based paints with a matte finish are practical because fingerprints don’t show.

The spelling mat is common in the United States:

  • This mat foundation is excellent for oily skin.

Matt is another spelling variation, used primarily in Britain:

  • Gillian chose a lilac paint with a matt finish for the walls of her flat.

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