The definition of a mat is a flat fabric used as a floor covering.(noun)
An example of a mat is a soft fabric on the bathroom floor.
Mat is defined as to put protective coverings on the floor or table, or to tangle.(verb)
An example of mat is to line a gym floor with soft cushiony coverings.
See mat in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: ME matte < OE meatt < LL matta (> Ger matte) < Phoen word akin to Heb mittāh, a cover
Origin: Fr < OFr mat, defeated, exhausted, prob. < L mattus, drunk < madidus, soaked, drunk < madere, to be drenched, drunk < IE base *mad-, to be wet, drip, juicy, fat > mast, meat
See mat in American Heritage Dictionary 4
Origin: Middle English
Origin: , from Old English matte
Origin: , from Late Latin matta
Origin: , of Phoenician origin; see nṭy in Semitic roots.
Origin: From French, dull
Origin: , from Old French, defeated, withered
Origin: , perhaps from Latin mattus, stupefied, senseless
Origin: , possibly from *maditus
Origin: , past participle of madēre, to be wet.
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