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argent

[ahr-juh nt]
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noun
  1. Heraldry. the tincture or metal silver.
  2. Archaic.
    1. silver.
    2. something silvery or white.
  3. Obsolete. money.
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adjective
  1. like silver; silvery white.
  2. Heraldry. of the tincture or metal silver: a lion argent.
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Origin of argent

1400–50; late Middle English argentum < Latin: silver, money

argent-

  1. variant of argento-, especially before a vowel.
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Also argenti-.
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British Dictionary definitions for argent

argent

noun
    1. an archaic or poetic word for silver
    2. (as adjective; often postpositive, esp in heraldry)a bend argent
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Word Origin

C15: from Old French, from Latin
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Word Origin and History for argent

n.

c.1300, "quicksilver, the metal mercury," from Old French argent (11c.), from Latin argentum "silver, silver work, white money," from PIE *arg-ent- (cf. Avestan erezata-, Old Persian ardata-, Armenian arcat, Old Irish argat, Breton arc'hant "silver"), from root *arg- "to shine; white," thus "the shining or white metal, silver" (cf. Greek argos "white," arguron "silver;" Sanskrit arjuna- "white, shining," rajata- "silver," Hittite harki- "white"). Meaning "silver, silver coin" is early 15c. in English; the adjective sense "silver-colored," late 15c.

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