coated or plated with silver.
coated with a silverlike substance, as quicksilver or tinfoil: a mirror of silvered glass.
tinted a silver color, or having silver highlights: silvered hair.

Origin of silvered

First recorded in 1475–85; silver + -ed2
Related formsun·sil·vered, adjective




Chemistry. a white, ductile metallic element, used for making mirrors, coins, ornaments, table utensils, photographic chemicals, conductors, etc. Symbol: Ag; atomic weight: 107.870; atomic number: 47; specific gravity: 10.5 at 20°C.
coin made of this metal; specie; money: a handful of silver.
this metal as a commodity or considered as a currency standard.
table articles made of or plated with silver, including flatware and hollowware.
any flatware: The kitchen silver is of stainless steel.
something resembling this metal in color, luster, etc.
a lustrous grayish white or whitish gray, or the color of the metal: the silver of the leaves.
any of the silver halides used for photographic purposes, as silver bromide, silver chloride, or silver iodide.


consisting of, made of, or plated with silver.
of or relating to silver.
producing or yielding silver.
resembling silver; silvery: the silver moon.
clear and soft: silver sounds.
eloquent; persuasive: a silver tongue.
urging the use of silver as a currency standard: silver economists.
indicating the twenty-fifth event of a series, as a wedding anniversary.
having the color silver: a silver dress.

verb (used with object)

to coat with silver or some silverlike substance.
to give a silvery color to.

verb (used without object)

to become a silvery color.

Origin of silver

before 900; (noun and adj.) Middle English silver(e), selver(e), selfer, Old English siolfor (orig. noun); cognate with German Silber, Old Norse silfr, Gothic silubr, akin to Serbo-Croatian srèbro, Russian serebró, Lithuanian sidãbras; (v.) late Middle English silveren, derivative of the noun
Related formssil·ver·er, nounsil·ver·ish, adjectivesil·ver·less, adjectivesil·ver·like, adjectivesil·ver·ness, nounnon·sil·ver, noun, adjectivere·sil·ver, verb (used with object) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for silvered

Contemporary Examples of silvered

  • When Mayer silvered, “she, with that long limb, gave the Nazi salute—memorable, public, captured on film.”

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    Redeeming 'Jewish Jocks'

    Spencer Ackerman

    October 31, 2012

Historical Examples of silvered

  • It was shaded by dark chestnut hair, just silvered with grey.

  • So to keep it from doing this the glass is silvered, making a mirror out of it.

    Common Science

    Carleton W. Washburne

  • The Englishman traversed a shadowy wood, then went by silvered fields.

    The Long Roll

    Mary Johnston

  • The silvered thread is rinsed with distilled water and allowed to dry.

    On Laboratory Arts

    Richard Threlfall

  • It was a daguerreotype, faded and silvered; but the features were those of his wife!

British Dictionary definitions for silvered



  1. a very ductile malleable brilliant greyish-white element having the highest electrical and thermal conductivity of any metal. It occurs free and in argentite and other ores: used in jewellery, tableware, coinage, electrical contacts, and in electroplating. Its compounds are used in photography. Symbol: Ag; atomic no: 47; atomic wt: 107.8682; valency: 1 or 2; relative density: 10.50; melting pt: 961.93°C; boiling pt: 2163°C
  2. (as modifier)a silver coin Related adjective: argent
coin made of, or having the appearance of, this metal
cutlery, whether made of silver or not
any household articles made of silver
photog any of a number of silver compounds used either as photosensitive substances in emulsions or as sensitizers
  1. a brilliant or light greyish-white colour
  2. (as adjective)silver hair
short for silver medal


well-articulatedsilver speech
(prenominal) denoting the 25th in a series, esp an annual seriesa silver wedding anniversary


(tr) to coat with silver or a silvery substanceto silver a spoon
to become or cause to become silvery in colour
to become or cause to become elderly
Derived Formssilverer, nounsilvering, noun

Word Origin for silver

Old English siolfor; related to Old Norse silfr, Gothic silubr, Old High German silabar, Old Slavonic sirebro
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Word Origin and History for silvered



Old English seolfor, Mercian sylfur "silver; money," from Proto-Germanic *silubra- (cf. Old Saxon silvbar, Old Frisian selover, Old Norse silfr, Middle Dutch silver, Dutch zilver, Old High German silabar, German silber "silver; money," Gothic silubr "silver"), from a common Germanic/Balto-Slavic term (cf. Old Church Slavonic s(u)rebo, Russian serebro, Polish srebro, Lithuanian sidabras "silver") of uncertain relationship and origin. According to Klein's sources, possibly from a language of Asia Minor, perhaps from Akkadian sarpu "silver," literally "refined silver," related to sarapu "to refine, smelt."

As an adjective from late Old English (cf. silvern). As a color name from late 15c. Of voices, words, etc., from 1520s in reference to the metal's pleasing resonance; silver-tongued is from 1590s. The silver age (1560s) was a phrase used by Greek and Roman poets. Chemical abbreviation Ag is from Latin argentum "silver," from the usual PIE word for the metal (see argent), which is missing in Germanic.



"to cover or plate with silver," mid-15c., from silver (n.). Meaning "to tinge with gray" (of hair) is from c.1600. Related: Silvered; silvering.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

silvered in Medicine



n. Symbol Ag

A lustrous ductile malleable metallic element having the highest thermal and electrical conductivity of the metals and used in dental alloys and in pharmaceuticals. Atomic number 47.
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silvered in Science




A soft, shiny, white metallic element that is found in many ores, especially together with copper, lead, and zinc. It conducts heat and electricity better than any other metal. Silver is used in photography and in making electrical circuits and conductors. Atomic number 47; atomic weight 107.868; melting point 960.8°C; boiling point 2,212°C; specific gravity 10.50; valence 1, 2. See also sterling silver. See Periodic Table. See Note at element.
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Idioms and Phrases with silvered


In addition to the idiom beginning with silver

  • silver lining

also see:

  • born with a silver spoon
  • cross someone's palm with silver
  • hand to on a silver platter
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