noun, plural sil·ver·sides.
  1. any of several small fishes of the family Atherinidae, having a silvery stripe along each side, as Menidia menidia, inhabiting the Atlantic coast of the U.S.

Origin of silversides

An Americanism dating back to 1850–55; silver + side1 + -s3


  1. Chiefly British. a rump roast of beef, especially one taken from the crown of the rump.
  2. silversides.

Origin of silverside

First recorded in 1810–20; silver + side1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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British Dictionary definitions for silversides


  1. British and NZ a coarse cut of beef below the aitchbone and above the leg
  2. Also called: silversides any small marine or freshwater teleost fish of the family Atherinidae, related to the grey mullets: includes the jacksmelt
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