Definitions

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

  • adj. Relating to or resembling silver; silvery.
  • n. Silver.
  • n. Any of various silvery metals.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Containing or resembling silver.
  • n. Any osmeriform fish of the genus Argentina, especially the European argentine, Argentina sphyraena.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Pertaining to, or resembling, silver; made of, or sounding like, silver; silvery.
  • adj. Of or pertaining to the Argentine Republic in South America.
  • n. A siliceous variety of calcite, or carbonate of lime, having a silvery-white, pearly luster, and a waving or curved lamellar structure.
  • n. White metal coated with silver.
  • n. A fish of Europe (Maurolicus Pennantii) with silvery scales. The name is also applied to various fishes of the genus Argentina.
  • n. A citizen of the Argentine Republic; an Argentinian.
  • n. Argentina; in this sense, usually preceded by the.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Pertaining to or resembling silver; silvery; argent.
  • [capitalized] Of or pertaining to the Rio de la Plata (Sp. plata, silver), the estuary of the rivers Paraná and Uruguay in South America, or the country called from it the Argentine Republic or Confederation, or Argentina.
  • n. A silvery-white slaty variety of calcite, containing a little silica with laminæ usually undulated, found in primitive rocks and frequently in metallic veins.
  • n. The tetroxid or antimoniate of antimony.
  • n. The silvery coloring matter of the scales of fishes.
  • n. A fish of the family Scopelidœ or Maurolicidœ.
  • n. White metal coated with silver.
  • n. [capitalized] A citizen or an inhabitant of the Argentine Republic.
  • n. Metallic tin in a state of fine subdivision, precipitated by zinc from a dilute solution of a tin salt: used for tinplating and for printing upon paper and cloth.
  • n. A gold coin of the Argentine Republic, equivalent to $4.824.

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

  • n. any of various small silver-scaled salmon-like marine fishes
  • adj. of or relating to or characteristic of Argentina or its people

Etymologies

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

Examples

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  • and gathered and fled through the air to the head of Percivale,
    flew and flamed and flushed the argentine column.
    —Charles Williams, 'The Last Voyage', in Taliessin Through Logres

    I don't think I've seen this used before to mean "argent".

    March 22, 2009

  • Is this a WeirdNet strike, or does the word 'Argentine' suggest fish to you?

    January 12, 2009