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 Lizzie chimes in, her eyes practically glowing under layers of silvery eye shadow. David Canfield,, "Read the first excerpt from K-pop star Jessica Jung's juicy YA novel," 29 Jan. 2020 Sanderson catalogued scores of reports of USOs: On the 19th of April, 1957, crew members aboard the Kitsukawa Maru, a Japanese fishing boat, spotted two metallic silvery objects descending from the sky into the sea (original emphasis). Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The Weird History of Unidentified Submerged Objects," 9 Oct. 2019 The walls were covered with nine-foot works on paper with silvery pastel pinks and purples embellishing huge fairytale-like scenes with thick femme women of color prancing within them. Kiara Ventura, Teen Vogue, "Amaryllis DeJesus Moleski's Art Explores Freedom and Fantasy," 24 Jan. 2020 While whites and shad colors can be effective any time bass are feeding on silvery baitfish, the Chatterbait typically provides for a greater range of color options. Pete Robbins, Field & Stream, "3 Bass Lures You Should Never Go Fishing Without," 10 Dec. 2019 With a silvery voice and knack for big, rhythmic production, the singer-songwriter-producer caught the ear of Pharrell Williams while attending New York University and was soon embraced by Brandi Carlile and Sharon Van Etten. Andrea Domanick, Los Angeles Times, "Best concerts in L.A. this week: Maggie Rogers, Maná and more," 18 Sep. 2019 On weekends, rent a bike from the on-site rental shop and hit the trails, powering along single track beneath silvery-gray lowland skies, then stopping for a shower and a scone at the visitor’s center. Emily Matchar, Smithsonian, "You Can Hike, Fish and Even Ski at These Visitor-Friendly Power Plants," 16 Oct. 2019 Against that backdrop, the circular, silvery tower with its curving lines is like a precocious, attention-seeking child who’s been put in time-out in the northwest quadrant of downtown, slightly apart from the boring, preoccupied adults. Greg Jefferson,, "Jefferson: S.A.’s Frost Tower shakes up the skyline and the old order," 27 Dec. 2019 Bikers and hikers passed by on trails that cut through the wetlands and bosque and over the silvery minnow channel to the sandy banks of the Rio Grande. Andrea Sachs, Washington Post, "Albuquerque," 11 Dec. 2019

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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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13 Feb 2020

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“Silvery.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2020.

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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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