silver spoon


: wealth
especially : inherited wealth

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web He’s had a silver spoon in his mouth his whole entire life. Analis Bailey, USA TODAY, 10 Nov. 2021 Joseph Fung knows full well that he was born with a silver spoon in his mouth. John Kang, Forbes, 5 Jan. 2023 Many are weaned on the silver spoon, born halfway between third and home but never scoring. Nick Canepacolumnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, 31 Dec. 2022 This silver spoon has been given to the oldest daughter in my family for the last several generations. Jerry L. Dobesh | For The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, 5 Dec. 2022 But while Bertolucci, the son of a famous poet known to the top artists of his day, was born with a silver spoon and had easy access to the movie world, Luca had to do everything on his own. Nick Vivarelli, Variety, 16 Nov. 2022 His body was identified after an anonymous caller told the coroner's office that LeBlanc wore an antique ring made from a silver spoon, Fieseler wrote. CBS News, 6 Aug. 2022 Some saw him as a cocky rich boy, born with a silver spoon in his mouth and placed by mere birthright at the head of the powerful multinational founded by his grandfather. Tom Sancton, Town & Country, 31 Mar. 2022 Alakazam is a Psychic-type Pokémon who keeps a silver spoon in each hand to magnify his Psychic moves and increase the effectiveness of his telekinetic powers. Sarah Toscano,, 10 Feb. 2022 See More

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1801, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of silver spoon was in 1801

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Cite this Entry

“Silver spoon.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Mar. 2023.

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