Definition of “silver” - English Dictionary

“silver” in British English

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silvernoun [ C or U ]

uk /ˈsɪl.vər/ us /ˈsɪl.vɚ/

A2 symbol Ag a chemical element that is a valuable shiny, white metal, used for making cutlery (= knives, spoons, etc.), jewellery, coins, and decorative objects:

We gave them a dish made of solid silver as a wedding present.
Cleaning the silver (= silver objects) is a dirty job.
Shall we use the silver (= knives, spoons, plates, etc. made of silver) for dinner tonight?
UK I need some silver (= coins made of silver or a metal of similar appearance) for the ticket machine in the car park.

also silver medal [ C ] a small disc of silver, or a metal that looks like silver, that is given to the person who comes second in a competition, especially in a sport:

Great Britain won (a) silver/a silver medal in the javelin.

More examples

  • The walls of the palace are marble with silver inlay.
  • The knives and forks are silver plate.
  • He made his money speculating on the London gold and silver markets.
  • I'm looking for a cloth for cleaning silver. Do you have such a thing?
  • They are mining for silver in the area.


uk /ˈsɪl.vər/ us /ˈsɪl.vɚ/

A2 made of silver, or of the colour of silver:

a silver ring
My grandmother has silver hair.

More examples

  • The room was ostentatiously decorated in white and silver.
  • She was wearing a little black dress, accessorized simply with a silver necklace.
  • Robert was polishing up some old silver candlesticks.
  • She wore a small silver brooch.
  • Mary was wearing a beautiful silver chain around her neck.

silververb [ T often passive ]

uk /ˈsɪl.vər/ us /ˈsɪl.vɚ/

(Definition of “silver” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

“silver” in American English

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silvernoun [ U ]

us /ˈsɪl·vər/

silver noun [ U ] (METAL)

a white metal that is highly valued and used esp. in utensils, jewelry, coins, and decorative objects

adjective us /ˈsɪl·vər/

a silver tray

silveradjective, noun [ U ]

us /ˈsɪl·vər/

silver adjective, noun [ U ] (COLOR)

(of) a bright gray-white color:

silver hair
The book jacket was printed in silver and black.

(Definition of “silver” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)