Meaning of SILVER in English


I. ˈsil-vər noun

Etymology: Middle English, from Old English seolfor; akin to Old High German silbar silver, Lithuanian sidabras

Date: before 12th century

1. : a white ductile very malleable metallic element that is capable of a high degree of polish, is chiefly monovalent in compounds, and has the highest thermal and electric conductivity of any substance — see element table

2. : silver as a commodity

the value of silver has risen

3. : coin made of silver

4. : articles (as hollowware or table flatware) made of or plated with silver ; also : similar articles and especially flatware of other metals (as stainless steel)

5. : a nearly neutral slightly brownish medium gray

6. : coho

7. : a silver medal awarded as the second prize in a competiton

II. adjective

Date: before 12th century

1. : made of silver

2. : resembling silver: as


(1) : having a white lustrous sheen

(2) : of or tending towards the color silver

silver fur

a silver gray

b. : giving a soft resonant sound : dulcet in tone

c. : eloquently persuasive

3. : consisting of or yielding silver

4. : of, relating to, or characteristic of silver

5. : advocating the use of silver as a standard of currency

6. : of, relating to, or being a 25th anniversary or its celebration

III. transitive verb

( sil·vered ; sil·ver·ing ˈsil-v(ə-)riŋ)

Date: 14th century


a. : to cover with silver (as by electroplating)

b. : to coat with a substance (as a metal) resembling silver


a. : to give a silvery luster to

b. : to make white like silver

• sil·ver·er ˈsil-vər-ər noun

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