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adjective Archaic.
  1. made of or like silver.
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Origin of silvern

before 900; Middle English silver(e)n, selvern, Old English seolfren, seolfern. See silver, -en2
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Historical Examples of silvern

  • No stone nor brick was seen except in this silvern frosty color.

    The Singing Mouse Stories

    Emerson Hough

  • Clear, frail and silvern the words fell from Mireille's lips.

    The Outrage

    Annie Vivanti

  • Much the same as the English 'Speech is silvern, silence is golden.'

  • There's an auld sayin' that speech is silvern, but silence is gowden.

  • Black against the silvern patch, I saw him emerge—and look up.

British Dictionary definitions for silvern


  1. archaic, or poetic silver
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Word Origin and History for silvern


Middle English silveren, from Old English seolfren "made of silver;" see silver (n.) + -en (2). Cf. German silbern, Dutch zilveren. Fallen from use in English except in poetry.

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