One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Produced from matter; having physical substance; composed or consisting of matter.
2Metaphysics. Of a form: embodied in matter.
Late 16th century; earliest use found in Abraham Fraunce (?1559–?1593), poet and lawyer. From post-classical Latin materiatus constructed, embodied in matter, a material thing from classical Latin māteria + -ātus.
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