The Hadamard product or Schur product or element-wise product of two matrices $A$ and $B$ in a commutative ring $R$ is a matrix $A \odot B$ whose elements $c_{i, j}$ are the product $a_{i, j} \cdot b_{i, j}$ of the respective elements $a_{i, j}$ in the matrix $A$ and $b_{i, j}$ in the matrix $B$.

Let $R$ be a commutative ring, and let $[n]$ denote the finite set with $n$ elements. The $m$ by $n$matrix algebra$M_{m, n}(R)$ is isomorphic to the function algebra$[m n] \to R$, where the Hadamard product in $M_{m, n}(R)$ corresponds to pointwise multiplication in $[m n] \to R$. Similarly, the power series ring$R[[x]]$ is isomorphic to the function algebra$\mathbb{N} \to R$, where the Hadamard product in $R[[x]]$ corresponds to pointwise multiplication in $\mathbb{N} \to R$.

Let $S$ be a set, let $R$ be a commutative ring, and let $A$ be a commutative $R$-algebra with an isomorphism of commutative $R$-algebras $i:A \cong (S \to R)$. Then the Hadamard product in $A$ is a binary operation$(X, Y) \mapsto X \odot Y:A \times A \to A$ defined as

$X \odot Y \coloneqq i^{-1}(x \mapsto i(X)(x) \cdot i(Y)(x))$