Metallic things are either made out of metal or look like they are. Your metallic party dress might be covered in sparkly silver sequins. Yowza!

A metallic bicycle might be unpainted chrome — made of metal, in other words. Your metallic nail polish only resembles metal, glinting and shining gold. It’s also possible to taste something that reminds you of metal and get a lingering metallic taste in your mouth. Metallic comes from metal, and both are rooted in the Greek metallon, “metal or ore.”

Definitions of metallic
  1. adjective

    containing or made of or resembling or characteristic of a metal

    metallic compound”
    metallic luster”
    “”the strange
    metallic note of the meadow lark, suggesting the clash of vibrant blades”- Ambrose Bierce”


    consisting completely of metal

    containing alum or aluminum

    containing antimony

    containing or yielding silver
    auriferous, gold-bearing

    containing gold
    bimetal, bimetallic

    formed of two different metals or alloys; especially in sheets bonded together

    made from or consisting of bronze
    gilded, gold, golden

    made from or covered with gold
    metal-looking, metallic-looking, metallike

    resembling metal

    made from or largely consisting of silver

    thin and metallic in sound; lacking resonance
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    nonmetal, nonmetallic

    not containing or resembling or characteristic of a metal

    of or being a nonmetallic element that has some of the properties of metal
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  2. noun

    a yarn made partly or entirely of metal

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    type of:

    thread, yarn

    a fine cord of twisted fibers (of cotton or silk or wool or nylon etc.) used in sewing and weaving

  3. noun

    a fabric made of a yarn that is partly or entirely of metal

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    type of:

    cloth, fabric, material, textile

    artifact made by weaving or felting or knitting or crocheting natural or synthetic fibers

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