Meaning of “mat” in the English Dictionary

"mat" in British English

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matnoun [ C ]

uk /mæt/ us /mæt/

mat noun [ C ] (FLOOR)

C1 a small piece of strong material that covers and protects part of a floor:

Wipe your feet on the mat before you come inside.
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  • The dog lay drooling on the mat.
  • The electrician must have called (round) this morning when we were out - there's a note on the door mat.
  • There was a rush mat by the entrance.

(Definition of “mat” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"mat" in American English

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matnoun [ C ]

us /mæt/

a flat piece of material that covers and protects part of a floor, or provides a soft surface:

The kids slept on straw mats on the floor of the den downstairs.

(Definition of “mat” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)