Definition of silver noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈsɪlvə(r)//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsɪlvər//
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  1. 1   [uncountable] (symbol Ag) a chemical element. Silver is a greyish-white precious metal used for making coins, jewellery, decorative objects, etc. a silver chain made of solid silver a silver mine
  2. 2[uncountable] coins that are made of silver or a metal that looks like silver I need £2 in silver for the parking meter.
  3. 3  [uncountable] dishes, decorative objects, etc. that are made of silver They've had to sell the family silver to pay the bills. See related entries: Jewellery
  4. 4   [uncountable] a shiny greyish-white colour see also silvery
  5. 5[uncountable, countable] = silver medal She won silver in last year's championships. The team won two silvers and a bronze.
  6. Word OriginOld English seolfor, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch zilver and German Silber.Extra examples He was forced to sell the family silver to pay for the repairs to the house. Her run was enough to secure silver for the team. She got a silver in the long jump. She managed to snatch the silver from the defending champion. Silver is extracted from ore. The chain was available in silver plate for $12.50. They accused the government of selling off the family silver to pay for their policies. a gemstone set in silver a knife with a polished silver casing gold and silver plateIdioms
    born with a silver spoon in your mouth
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    (saying) having rich parents
    cross somebody’s palm with silver
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    to give somebody money so that they will do you a favour, especially tell your fortune
    every cloud has a silver lining
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    (saying) every sad or difficult situation has a positive side See related entries: Happiness
    if you are given something on a silver platter, you do not have to do much to get it These rich kids expect to have it all handed to them on a silver platter.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: silver