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argentine1

[ahr-juh n-tin, -tahyn]
adjective
  1. pertaining to or resembling silver.
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noun
  1. a silvery substance, especially one obtained from fish scales, used in making imitation pearls.
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Origin of argentine1

1400–50; late Middle English (< Anglo-French) < Latin argentīnus silvery. See argent, -ine1

argentine2

[ahr-juh n-tin, -tahyn]
noun
  1. any of various silvery marine fishes, especially those of the genus Argentina.
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Origin of argentine2

1530–40; < New Latin Argentina genus name, Latin, feminine of argentīnus silvery. See argentine1

Argentine

[ahr-juh n-teen, -tahyn]
noun
  1. a native or inhabitant of Argentina.
  2. Argentina (usually preceded by the): They vacationed in the Argentine.
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adjective
  1. of or relating to Argentina.
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Also Ar·gen·tin·e·an [ahr-juh n-tin-ee-uh n] /ˌɑr dʒənˈtɪn i ən/ (for defs 1, 3).
Related formspro-Ar·gen·tin·e·an, adjective, nounpseu·do-Ar·gen·tin·e·an, adjective, noun

Argentina

[ahr-juh n-tee-nuh; Spanish ahr-hen-tee-nah]
noun
  1. a republic in S South America. 1,084,120 sq. mi. (2,807,870 sq. km). Capital: Buenos Aires.
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Also called the Argentine.Official name Argentine Republic.
Related formspro-Ar·gen·ti·na, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for argentine

argentine

adjective
  1. of, relating to, or resembling silver
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noun
  1. any of various small marine salmonoid fishes, such as Argentina sphyraena, that constitute the family Argentinidae and are characterized by a long silvery body
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Argentine

noun
  1. the Argentine another name for Argentina
  2. a native or inhabitant of Argentina
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adjective
  1. of or relating to Argentina
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Also (for senses 2, 3): Argentinian (ˌɑːdʒənˈtɪnɪən)

Argentina

noun
  1. a republic in southern South America: colonized by the Spanish from 1516 onwards; gained independence in 1816 and became a republic in 1852; ruled by military dictatorships for much of the 20th century; civilian rule restored in 1983; consists chiefly of subtropical plains and forests (the Chaco) in the north, temperate plains (the pampas) in the central parts, the Andes in the west, and an infertile plain extending to Tierra del Fuego in the south (Patagonia); an important meat producer. Language: Spanish. Religion: Roman Catholic. Currency: peso. Capital: Buenos Aires. Pop: 42 610 981 (2013 est). Area: 2 776 653 sq km (1 072 067 sq miles)Also called: the Argentine
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Word Origin and History for argentine

adj.

"silver-colored," mid-15c., from Latin argentinus "of silver," from argentum (see argent).

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Argentine

adj.

"of or from Argentina," 1830 (from 1829 as a noun); Argentinian is from 1845 as a noun; 1858 as an adjective.

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Argentina

South American nation, from Latin argentinus "of silver" (see argent); a Latinized form of (Rio) de la Plata, from Spanish plata "silver."

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

argentine in Culture

Argentina

Republic in southern South America, bordered by Chile to the west; Bolivia and Paraguay to the north; and Brazil, Uruguay, and the Atlantic Ocean to the east. Its capital and largest city is Buenos Aires.

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Second-largest nation of South America, after Brazil.

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Juan Perón came to power in Argentina in 1946, establishing a dictatorship, and ruled with the aid of his second wife, the popular Eva Perón, until he was overthrown in 1955. He was president again from 1973 to 1974, when he died.
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