silvern

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English sylveren, selverne, from Old English silfren, seolfren, seolfern (silvern), from Proto-Germanic *silubrīnaz (made of silver); equivalent to silver +‎ -(e)n. Cognate with Dutch zilveren (silvern), German silbern (silvern).

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Adjective[edit]

silvern (not comparable)

  1. (literary) Made of silver; or resembling or characteristic of silver; silvery.
    • 1868 August 29, “Sleeping Dogs”, in The Saturday Review of Politics, Literature, Science, and Art, volume 26, number 670, page 287:
      But, leaving novelists alone, on the whole we find in real life that if speech is silvern, silence is essentially golden, and that more harm is done by saying too much than by saying too little; above all, that infinite mischief arises by not letting sleeping dogs lie.
    The police have confiscated Maxwell's silvern hammer for the investigation.

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Middle English[edit]

Adjective[edit]

silvern

  1. Alternative form of sylveren

Noun[edit]

silvern pl

  1. Alternative form of sylveren

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