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

  • transitive v. To coat (an object) with a thin layer of silver, especially by electroplating.

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  • v. To coat a metal surface with a thin layer of silver, often electrolytically


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  • Evans specialised in sterling silver and silver-plate for the table; not cutlery, which was a Sheffield trade, but in ornamental objects that many of us would now struggle to identify.

    Amid the jumble, the story of Britain's age of silver

  • Most silver-plate flatware sets sell for $40 to $75; sterling flatware sets go for $500 to $1,200 or more.

    Find Money Hidden in the Attic

  • By that standard, Fanciulli was one of the greats, having been immortalized in a trading-card equivalent, the silver-plate souvenir spoon.

    Making Bitter Fernet-Branca Much Easier to Swallow

  • Here the old man was employed busily in the doubtful task of burnishing a pewter flagon until it should take the hue and semblance of silver-plate.

    The Bride of Lammermoor

  • Again, Gobseck had refused free delivery of his silver-plate, and declined to guarantee the weights of his coffees.


  • The room itself was crammed with furniture, and silver-plate, and lamps, and vases, and pictures; there were books, and curiosities, and fine engravings lying rolled up, unframed.


  • The three thousand francs were gone, with the silver-plate and the trinkets.

    Scenes from a Courtesan's Life

  • Whenever anyone from the mainland comes in with a group of her friends, all of them thin and tanned and sighing at the woodwork and white tableclothes, the crystal bud vases filled with roses and fern and the silver-plate antique everything, anytime someone says, “Well, you should serve tofu instead of veal!” take a drink.


  • My idea is that we can silver-plate it to hide the fact that it is made of iron.


  • "The first requisite," he maintains, "of a good piece of silver-plate is that it be _well built_."

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 20, No. 122, December, 1867


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