silver-plate [sil-ver-pleyt] Examples verb (used with object), sil·ver-plat·ed, sil·ver-plat·ing.

  1. to coat (base metal) with silver, especially by electroplating.

silver plate noun

  1. silver tableware.
  2. a coating of silver, especially one electroplated on base metal.

Origin of silver plate First recorded in 1520–30 Examples from the Web for silver-plate Historical Examples of silver-plate

  • And how came it that all this silver-plate had found its way into my pockets?

    Chambers’s Edinburgh Journal, No. 461


  • From sedan chairs to silver-plate their style was the vogue.

    Chats on Old Earthenware

    Arthur Hayden

  • His desires, however, were not limited to silver-plate engraving.

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 13, Slice 5


  • We forge the nickel for the pivot and capstan, and we silver-plate it ourselves.

    Chance in Chains

    Cyril Arthur Edward Ranger Gull

  • The three thousand francs were gone, with the silver-plate and the trinkets.

    Scenes from a Courtesan’s Life

    Honore de Balzac

  • British Dictionary definitions for silver-plate silver plate noun

    1. a thin layer of silver deposited on a base metal
    2. articles, esp tableware, made of silver plate

    verb silver-plate

    1. (tr) to coat (a metal, object, etc) with silver, as by electroplating

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