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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Heraldry The metal silver, represented by the color white.
  • n. Archaic Silver or something resembling it.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The metal silver.
  • n. The white or silver tincture on a coat of arms.
  • adj. of silver or silver-coloured.
  • adj. : of white or silver tincture on a coat of arms.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Silver, or money.
  • n. Whiteness; anything that is white.
  • n. The white color in coats of arms, intended to represent silver, or, figuratively, purity, innocence, beauty, or gentleness; -- represented in engraving by a plain white surface.
  • adj. Made of silver; of a silvery color; white; shining.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Silver, or something resembling it; formerly, in a more general sense, money.
  • n. In heraldry, the metal silver: represented conventionally in uncolored drawing or engraving by a plain white surface.
  • n. Often abbreviated to a., ar., or arg.
  • Made of silver; resembling silver; bright like silver; silvery-white.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a metal tincture used in heraldry to give a silvery appearance
  • adj. of lustrous grey; covered with or tinged with the color of silver


Middle English, from Old French, from Latin argentum, silver; see arg- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Borrowing from Old French argent ("silver"), from Latin argentum ("white money, silver") (Wiktionary)



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