from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The assemblage or totality of things used or needed in carrying on any complex business or operation, in distinction from the personnel, or body of persons, employed in the same: applied more especially to military supplies and equipments, as arms, ammunition, baggage, provisions, horses, wagons, etc.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun That in a complex system which constitutes the materials, or instruments employed, in distinction from the personnel, or men; , of an army; or the buildings, libraries, and apparatus of a college, in distinction from its officers.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun variant spelling of materiel

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun equipment and supplies of a military force


Sorry, no etymologies found.


Help support Wordnik (and make this page ad-free) by adopting the word matériel.


    Sorry, no example sentences found.


Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.