silver lining


: a consoling or hopeful prospect

Example Sentences

If there's a silver lining to losing my job, it's that I'll now be able to go to school full-time and finish my degree earlier.
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Word History


from the phrase "every cloud has a silver lining"

First Known Use

1871, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of silver lining was in 1871

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Cite this Entry

“Silver lining.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jun. 2023.

Kids Definition

silver lining

: a consoling or hopeful prospect
looked for the silver lining in a bad situation
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