silver ( silvers plural )
1 n-uncount Silver is a valuable pale grey metal that is used for making jewellery and ornaments.
oft N n
...a hand-crafted brooch made from silver., ...silver teaspoons.
2 n-uncount Silver consists of coins that are made from silver or that look like silver.
...the basement where £150,000 in silver was buried.
3 n-uncount You can use silver to refer to all the things in a house that are made of silver, especially the cutlery and dishes.
also the N
He beat the rugs and polished the silver.
4 colour Silver is used to describe things that are shiny and pale grey in colour.
He had thick silver hair which needed cutting.
5 n-var A silver is the same as a silver medal.
Britain went on to take bronze and then followed it up by winning silver in the World Cup.
born with a silver spoon in your mouth →
silver birch ( silver birches plural) ( silver birch plural ) A silver birch is a tree with a greyish-white trunk and branches. n-count
silver jubilee ( silver jubilees plural ) A silver jubilee is the 25th anniversary of an important event such as a person becoming king or queen, or an organization being started. n-count
She arrived in St Ives to celebrate the Queen's Silver Jubilee.
1 If you say that every cloud has a silver lining, you mean that every sad or unpleasant situation has a positive side to it.
every cloud has a silver lining phrase
As they say, every cloud has a silver lining. We have drawn lessons from the decisions taken.
2 n-sing If you talk about a silver lining, you are talking about something positive that comes out of a sad or unpleasant situation.
The fall in inflation is the silver lining of the prolonged recession.
silver medal ( silver medals plural ) If you win a silver medal, you come second in a competition, especially a sports contest, and are given a medal made of silver as a prize. n-count
Gillingham won the silver medal in the 200 metres at Seoul.
1 n-uncount Silver plate is metal that has been coated with a thin layer of silver.
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2 n-uncount Silver plate is dishes, bowls, and cups that are made of silver.
...gold and silver plate, jewellery, and roomfuls of antique furniture.
in AM, use silver, solid silver
Something that is silver-plated is covered with a very thin layer of silver. adj
People sometimes refer to the films that are shown in cinemas as the silver screen. n-sing the N
Marlon Brando, Steve McQueen, and James Dean are now legends of the silver screen...
A silver-tongued person is very skilful at persuading people to believe what they say or to do what they want them to do. adj usu ADJ n
...a silver-tongued lawyer.
silver wedding ( silver weddings plural ) A married couple's silver wedding or silver wedding anniversary is the 25th anniversary of their wedding. n-count usu poss N
He and Helen celebrated their silver wedding last year.