Origin of argent
Other definitions for argent (2 of 2)
WORDS THAT USE ARGENT-
What does argent- mean?
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-?
- argenteous (using the equivalent form of argent- in Latin)
What are some other forms that argent- may be commonly confused with?
How to use argent in a sentence
There are cotises either side of the chevron which are white (Argent).
Que si la Royne vouloit qu'ils y allassent, on leur rendist leur argent, & qu'ils fissent ce que bon leur sembleroit.
She was silent now, pondering, and her dark eyes were fixed blankly on the distant argent glimmer of the lake.The Rake's Progress|Marjorie Bowen
Argent′al; Argentif′erous, bearing or containing silver; Ar′gentine, relating to or like silver: sounding like silver.
Gules, a pair of scales or; on a chief azure (color on color) three cross-crosslets argent.Parisians in the Country|Honore de Balzac
Fifty francs argent métallique would, Delessert knew, purchase her; but with assignats, it was quite another affair.
British Dictionary definitions for argent
- an archaic or poetic word for silver
- (as adjective; often postpositive, esp in heraldry)a bend argent