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argent

[ ahr-juhnt ]
/ ˈɑr dʒənt /
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noun
Heraldry. the tincture or metal silver.
Archaic.
  1. silver.
  2. something silvery or white.
Obsolete. money.
adjective
like silver; silvery white.
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

Other definitions for argent (2 of 2)

argent-

variant of argento-, especially before a vowel.
Also argenti-.
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WORDS THAT USE ARGENT-

What does argent- mean?

Argent- is a combining form used like a prefix meaning “silver.” It is occasionally used in scientific terms, especially in chemistry.

Argent- comes from Latin argentum, meaning “silver.” The name of the South American country of Argentina ultimately comes from this same Latin word. Find out how at our entry for Argentina. The Greek cognate of argentum is árgyros, the source of argyria, a gray discoloration of the skin that results from silver deposits.

What are variants of argent-?

Argent- is a variant of argento-, which loses its -o- when combined with words or word elements beginning with vowels. Want to know more? Read our Words That Use article on argento-.

A rare variant of argent- is argenti-, as in argentiferous.

Examples of argent-

One example of a term from chemistry that features the form argent- is argentous, meaning “containing univalent silver.”

While argent- means “silver,” the suffix -ous has various meanings, including “possessing, full of.” Argentous literally translates to “full of silver.”

What are some words that use the combining form argent-?

What are some other forms that argent- may be commonly confused with?

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The suffix -ite is used to name minerals. With this in mind, what kind of substance is argentite?

How to use argent in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for argent

argent
/ (ˈɑːdʒənt) /

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

Word Origin for argent

C15: from Old French, from Latin
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