see also: Silver
  • (RP) IPA: /ˈsɪl.və/
  • (America) enPR: sĭl'vər IPA: /ˈsɪl.vɚ/


  1. (uncountable) A lustrous, white, metallic element, atomic number 47, atomic weight 107.87, symbol Ag.
  2. (collectively) Coins made from silver or any similar white metal.
  3. (collectively) Cutlery and other eating utensils, whether silver or made from some other white metal.
  4. (collectively) Any items made from silver or any other white metal.
  5. (countable) A shiny gray color.
  6. Anything resembling silver; something shiny and white.
    • 1909, H. G. Wells, The Beautiful Suit
      And next morning they found him dead, with his neck broken, in the bottom of the stone pit, with his beautiful clothes a little bloody, and foul and stained with the duckweed from the pond. But his face was a face of such happiness that, had you seen it, you would have understood indeed how that he had died happy, never knowing that cool and streaming silver for the duckweed in the pond.
Synonyms Related terms Adjective


  1. Made from silver#Noun|silver.
  2. Made from another white metal.
  3. Having a color like silver: a shiny gray.
  4. Denoting the twenty-fifth anniversary, especially of a wedding.
    • 1994, “Mate matching” in Accent on Living, v 38, n 4 (Spring), p 52:
      Mostly, these have been relationships of 10 or less years. However, one respondent has celebrated her silver wedding anniversary.
  5. (of commercial services) Premium, but inferior to gold.
  6. Having the clear, musical tone of silver; soft and clear in sound.
    a silver-voiced young girl
  • (made from silver) silvern (archaic)
  • (having a color like silver) silvery
Related terms Verb

silver (silvers, present participle silvering; past and past participle silvered)

  1. To acquire a silvery colour.
    • The eastern sky began to silver and shine.
    • 1907, Robert William Chambers, chapter VIII, in The Younger Set, New York, N.Y.: D. Appleton & Company, OCLC 24962326 ↗:
      But when the moon rose and the breeze awakened, and the sedges stirred, and the cat's-paws raced across the moonlit ponds, and the far surf off Wonder Head intoned the hymn of the four winds, the trinity, earth and sky and water, became one thunderous symphony— a harmony of sound and colour silvered to a monochrome by the moon.
  2. To cover with silver, or with a silvery metal.
    to silver a pin;  to silver a glass mirror plate with an amalgam of tin and mercury
  3. To polish like silver; to impart a brightness to, like that of silver.
    • 1725, Homer; [Alexander Pope], transl., “Book X”, in The Odyssey of Homer. […], volume III, London: Printed for Bernard Lintot, OCLC 8736646 ↗:
      And smiling calmness silvered o'er the deep.
  4. To make hoary, or white, like silver.
    • His head was silvered o'er with age.

Proper noun
  1. Surname for a silversmith or a rich man, or for someone having silvery gray hair or living by a silvery brook.
  2. Surname anglicised from the German Jewish ornamental surname Silber.
  3. A male given name from the metal, or transferred from the surname.
    • 1993 Ed McBain, Mischief, William Morrow and Co., ISBN 0688102212, page 67:
      " - - - I'll level with you, Mr. Cummings."
      "Silver", he corrected.
      "Sounds like the Lone Ranger's horse," she said.
  4. A female given name from the metal.
    • 1993 Annie Proulx, Shipping News, Fourth Estate, ISBN 1857022424, page 121:
      "Silver here, my darling wife, insists on the services of a particular yacht upholsterer. - - - " From the way he said the woman's metal name Quayle thought it was changed from a stodgier "Alice" or "Bernice".

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