American English

Definition of silver noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[uncountable] (symbol Ag) a chemical element. Silver is a gray-white precious metal used for making coins, jewelry, 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.
  4. 4[uncountable] a shiny gray-white color 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. Idioms
    born with a silver spoon in your mouth (saying)
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    having rich parents
    every cloud has a silver lining (saying)
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    every sad or difficult situation has a positive side
    on a silver platter
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    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 Learner's Dictionary entry: silver