Origin of argent
- variant of argento-, especially before a vowel.
Examples from the Web for argent
There are cotises either side of the chevron which are white (Argent).William and Kate's New Conjugal Coat of Arms
September 27, 2013
We had been out-fitted in London by the world-renowned firm of Argent and Joy.Brighter Britain! (Volume 1 of 2)
William Delisle Hay
I inquired, remembering the sable device on argent of which the priest had told me.The Strolling Saint
That is the coat of the Blandamers—barry nebuly of six, argent and vert.The Nebuly Coat
John Meade Falkner
On a scutcheon of pretence in the centre, Argent, a lion ramp.
Crest; a dragon's sinister wing, argent, charged with a cross, gules.Memorials of Old London
- an archaic or poetic word for silver
- (as adjective; often postpositive, esp in heraldry)a bend 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.