Origin of argent
Definition for argent (2 of 2)
Examples from the Web for argent
Here there is no colour at all, so the mantling would be gules and argent.
At the Dissolution the arms were Gules, two keys in saltire surmounted by a sword in pale, argent.Bell's Cathedrals: The Cathedral Church of Gloucester [2nd ed.]|H. J. L. J. Mass
"Argent, three stags trippant proper" would have a mantling gules and argent.
Argent evidently understood his true character, though he treated him with jocular familiarity.The Ayrshire Legatees|John Galt
Killegrew of Cornwall bore, Argent, an eagle displayed with two heads sable, within a bordure sable bezantee.The Curiosities of Heraldry|Mark Antony Lower
British Dictionary definitions for argent
- an archaic or poetic word for silver
- (as adjective; often postpositive, esp in heraldry)a bend argent
Word Origin for argent
Word Origin and History for argent
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.