Matters of foreign policy; a personal matter.
What's the matter with your car?
The construction will last a matter of years.
The things that matter to one.
The King Arthur stories make up the matter of Britain.
- A kind of substance.Vegetable matter.
- Written material (especially in books or magazines).Printed matter; He always took some reading matter with him on the plane.
A matter of a few days.
Something seems to be the matter.
The only thing that matters to Jim is being rich.
Sorry for pouring ketchup on your clean white shirt! - Oh, don't worry, it does not matter.
An example of matter is a dining table made of wood.
An example of matter is everything we see being made of particles of elements and atoms.
An example of a matter is an important document that needs to be signed by a certain date.
- In fact; actually.
- So far as that is concerned; as for that.
- Regardless of:.
- In regard to that; as far as that is concerned.
- It is of no importance.
- Regardless of.
Idioms and Phrasal Verbs
Origin of matter
- Middle English from Old French matere from Latin māteria wood, timber, matter from māter mother (because the woody part was seen as the source of growth) māter- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Middle English mater, matere, from Anglo-Norman matere, materie, from Old French materie, matiere, from Latin materia (“matter, stuff, material"), derivative of Latin mater (“mother"). Displaced native Middle English andweorc, andwork (“material, matter") (from Old English andweorc (“matter, substance, material")), Old English intinga (“matter, affair, business").