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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Other Words from silvery

silveriness noun

Synonyms for silvery


argentine, gray (also grey), grayish, leaden, pewter, silver, slate, slaty (also slatey), steely

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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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There were two glimmering eye styles, drawn directly from the shining dresses in Van Noten’s collection: One was a mix of gold and silver flecks, the other a potpourri pot of pink and gold and silvery blue. Monica Kim, Vogue, "The Dries Van Noten Girl’s Guide to Elegant Makeup After Dark," 27 Feb. 2019 The ultimate sign of beauty, however, is silvery stretch marks on the arms. Abigail Haworth, Marie Claire, "Forced to Be Fat," 21 July 2011 Flowery pastel hues peeked out from behind the chill of February: Elle Fanning took a moment to embrace a silvery-pink bob, asking followers to indulge in pretending the hair is hers. Akili King, Vogue, "The Best Beauty Instagrams of the Week: Madonna, Candice Swanepoel, and More," 3 Mar. 2019 As promised, the cotton instantly soaked up a pale, silvery hue. Emily Farra, Vogue, "Designer Benedicte Lux Shows Vogue How to Make Dreamy Pink Dyes With Avocados," 24 Apr. 2018 Like silvery wine flowing in a spaceship, gravity all nonsense now,’ this was a collection that stretched your gulliver wide open but was worth the stretching: horrorshow fashion show. Vogue, "The Top 12 Collections of the Fall 2019 Menswear Season," 23 Jan. 2019 Beautiful skirt suit hybrids, geometric shoulders and peplums followed a silvery fishlike shawl top that was gathered at the midriff. Thomas Adamson, The Seattle Times, "Starry Saint Laurent show in Paris sees models walk on water," 25 Sep. 2018 Beyond that, at the end of the street, a silvery moon hovered above the inky-black nighttime water. Gully Wells, WSJ, "A Trip to the Florida of Yore," 12 Dec. 2018 Gray-on-gray-on-gray could have been as dreary as an overcast day, yet the effect is more like the light of the silvery moon. Barbara King, House Beautiful, "Marshall Watson on Designing a House in Shades of Gray," 10 Oct. 2013

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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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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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an act or instance of returning to life

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