sil·​very | \ ˈsil-v(ə-)rē How to pronounce silvery (audio) \

Definition of silvery

1 : having the luster of silver
2 : having a soft high clear musical tone a silvery voice
3 : containing or consisting of silver

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silveriness noun

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Examples of silvery in a Sentence

a pond full of silvery fish a dress of silvery gray silk Silvery light reflected off the water. The violinist played with a bright, silvery tone. a singer with a beautiful silvery voice
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Recent Examples on the Web Unthinkably far below lay the silvery ribbon of Kolob Creek, a tributary of the Virgin River, which carved the mighty main canyon of Zion. Hermione Hoby, Travel + Leisure, "Outside of Zion National Park, There's a Whole World to Explore," 29 Mar. 2021 One Gambian plant alone takes in more than seven thousand five hundred tons of fish a year, mostly of a local type of shad known as bonga—a silvery fish about ten inches long. Ian Urbina, The New Yorker, "Fish Farming Is Feeding the Globe. What’s the Cost for Locals?," 1 Mar. 2021 Zambrotta favors natural colors for daylight (like silvery sides and a darker back), and brighter colors like whites and yellows for after dark. Steve Culton, Field & Stream, "The Beginner’s Guide to Surfcasting for Striped Bass," 22 Mar. 2021 While Platinumtech requires a highly specialized and labor-intensive manual polishing process, the payoff is a cool, silvery sheen on the case that all but screams luxury. Victoria Gomelsky, Robb Report, "Panerai’s Latest Luminor Marina Gets All Dressed Up in Platinum," 9 Mar. 2021 Fowler’s winning silvery blazer indeed shined, perfect attire for popping some champagne in. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Jermaine Fowler Takes Us Behind the Scenes of the Coming 2 America Premiere," 4 Mar. 2021 That should encourage fresh runs of the silvery trout from Lake Erie, joining the steelhead trout that have already settled in the for spawning season. D'arcy Egan, cleveland, "Steelhead fishing gets early boost: NE Ohio fishing report for weekend of March 5-7, 2021," 4 Mar. 2021 Concertmaster Alexander Kerr was the soloist in the Mozart, supplying silvery tone and apparently effortless technical finesse, if also a few rushed phrase endings. Scott Cantrell, Dallas News, "A day late, elegant Mozart and Strauss from Fabio Luisi and the Dallas Symphony," 20 Feb. 2021 There, at a tiny wooden doorway, Crea drew out a white envelope from his suit pocket, ripped it open and pulled out a small silvery-brass key. Star Tribune, "AP PHOTOS: Sistine Chapel key-keeper opens up after lockdown," 7 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of silvery

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of silvery was in the 14th century

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6 Apr 2021

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“Silvery.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of silvery

: shiny and white or light gray in color like silver
of sound : high, clear, soft, and pleasant


sil·​very | \ ˈsil-və-rē How to pronounce silvery (audio) \

Kids Definition of silvery

: shiny and medium gray a silvery fish

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