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Synonyms of 'silver'

(noun) 
Definition
any household articles made of silver
He beat the rugs and polished the silver.
Synonyms
silverware
,
silver plate
(noun) 
Definition
a coin or coins made of silver
the basement where £150,000 in silver was buried
Synonyms
silver coins
,
coins
,
loose change
,
(small) change
(noun) 
Definition
They followed it up by winning silver in the World Cup.
Synonyms
second prize
,
silver medal
(adjective) 
Definition
greyish-white
He had thick silver hair which needed cutting.
Synonyms
,
white
an old man with white hair
, ,
silvery
,
greyish-white
,
whitish-grey
(adjective) 
Synonyms
silvery
,
silvered
,
pearly
pearly white teeth
,
argent (poetic)

related words

related adjective argent

figurative note

Silver is a precious metal used in jewellery, coins, and cutlery. Its value is referred to in the expression born with a silver spoon in one's mouth which means coming from a wealthy family. However, when contrasted with gold, its worth is the lesser of the two, and a silver medal is given as second prize in a competition. Silver has also been opposed to the colour grey in various idioms. For example, the expression every cloud has a silver lining means that even dark situations can have comforting aspects. In addition, silver is now used instead of grey to refer to older people, e.g. silver surfer, to avoid the negative associations of grey. Silver also means articulate and persuasive in the expression silver-tongued.

Additional synonyms

in the sense of pearly
Definition
resembling a pearl, esp. in lustre
pearly white teeth
Synonyms
ivory,
silvery
in the sense of white
Definition
(of hair) having lost its colour, usually from age
an old man with white hair

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