silver spoon

noun

Definition of silver spoon

: wealth especially : inherited wealth

Examples of silver spoon in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web To me, white privilege was what Donald Trump had, a wealthy father and a silver spoon in his mouth. Nick Romano, EW.com, "Jimmy Kimmel comes to terms with his own white privilege," 3 June 2020 Joe has not had a silver spoon in his mouth all his life. New York Times, "For Joe Burrow, the N.F.L. Draft Offers a Path Home," 22 Apr. 2020 More than 500,000 people subscribed to its monthly magazine, which announced forthcoming coins, medals, silver spoons, plates and other materials. Matt Schudel, Washington Post, "Joseph Segel, founder of the Franklin Mint and QVC shopping network, dies at 88," 25 Dec. 2019 The film follows Jesper (voiced by Jason Schwartzman), a lazy young man born with a silver spoon in his mouth. Carolyn Giardina, The Hollywood Reporter, "How Santa Origin Story 'Klaus' Came to Netflix," 9 Dec. 2019 For years, the Brooms kept determinedly and nostalgically mowing its empty lot; the author has rescued souvenirs there as poignant as a bent silver spoon. Eve M. Kahn, New York Times, "Architectural Feats in Inhospitable Spots," 1 Oct. 2019 One silver spoon drops to the floor and the crowd, collectively, gasps. Kate Walbert, The New Yorker, "To Do," 26 Aug. 2019 In Rome, every cloud is born with a silver spoon in its mouth and, on its tongue, an ox. Paul Muldoon, The New Yorker, "Position Paper," 2 Sep. 2019 Many successful individuals weren’t born with the proverbial silver spoon in their mouths. Dear Abby, oregonlive.com, "Dear Abby: Will gathering at a luxury home separate the sports team haves from the have-nots?," 4 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of silver spoon

1801, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for silver spoon

from the phrase "born with a silver spoon in one's mouth" (born wealthy)

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“Silver spoon.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/silver%20spoon. Accessed 28 Sep. 2020.

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