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 In Alaska’s infinite waters swims a handsome, silvery fish. Ned Rozell, Anchorage Daily News, "The secret life of the ‘extraordinary’ Bering cisco," 1 May 2021 All three of the wallpapers are from one manufacturer, Romo, and in similar silvery tones, creating a vegetal conversation between the leaves in the kitchen and the budding branches in the bedroom. Alexandra Lange, ELLE Decor, "Does This Roman Penthouse Have the World’s Best View? See for Yourself," 22 Apr. 2021 With its full face reflecting the light of the sun onto us from a relatively close range, the brilliance of the moon Tuesday morning seemed a silvery marvel. Washington Post, "Tuesday gave our top temperature and a super moon," 28 Apr. 2021 Her silvery gown with a shredded hemline, accessorized with Fabergé jewels, was perfect for commanding a spotlight in. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Dua Lipa and Elton John Are a Fashion Match Made in Heaven," 26 Apr. 2021 Squint at the Southern California light bursting off the silvery façade of Frank Gehry’s Disney Hall., "These works of art show why cities will endure," 22 Apr. 2021 All the silvery aluminum complements the elegant tones of this black-and-white film, creating a color-free world in which a tale of two instruments, metaphorically speaking, unfolds. Roberta Smith, New York Times, "Dia Chelsea, Keeper of the Avant-Garde Flame," 15 Apr. 2021 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

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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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12 May 2021

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“Silvery.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 May. 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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