argent


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  1. Heraldry. the tincture or metal silver.
  2. Archaic.
    1. silver.
    2. something silvery or white.
  3. Obsolete. money.

adjective

  1. like silver; silvery white.
  2. Heraldry. of the tincture or metal silver: a lion argent.

  1. variant of argento-, especially before a vowel.

noun

    1. an archaic or poetic word for silver
    2. (as adjective; often postpositive, esp in heraldry)a bend argent
n.

c.1300, “quicksilver, the metal mercury,” from Old French argent (11c.), from Latin argentum “silver, silver work, white money,” from PIE *arg-ent- (cf. Avestan erezata-, Old Persian ardata-, Armenian arcat, Old Irish argat, Breton arc’hant “silver”), from root *arg- “to shine; white,” thus “the shining or white metal, silver” (cf. Greek argos “white,” arguron “silver;” Sanskrit arjuna- “white, shining,” rajata- “silver,” Hittite harki- “white”). Meaning “silver, silver coin” is early 15c. in English; the adjective sense “silver-colored,” late 15c.

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