silver lining

sil·ver lin·ing
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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [sil-ver lahy-ning]
    • /ˈsɪl vər ˈlaɪ nɪŋ/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [sil-ver lahy-ning]
    • /ˈsɪl vər ˈlaɪ nɪŋ/

Definitions of silver lining words

  • noun silver lining a sign of hope in an unfortunate or gloomy situation; a bright prospect: Every cloud has a silver lining. 1
  • noun silver lining positive aspect of sth bad 1
  • singular noun silver lining If you talk about a silver lining, you are talking about something positive that comes out of a sad or unpleasant situation. 0
  • noun silver lining a comforting or hopeful aspect of an otherwise desperate or unhappy situation (esp in the phrase every cloud has a silver lining) 0
  • noun silver lining some basis for hope or some comforting aspect in the midst of despair, misfortune, etc. 0

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Origin of silver lining

First appearance:

before 1870
One of the 26% newest English words
First recorded in 1870-75

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Parts of speech for Silver lining


silver lining popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 36% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
According to our data about 63% of words is more used. This is a rare but used term. It occurs in the pages of specialized literature and in the speech of educated people.

silver lining usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for silver lining

noun silver lining

  • great expectations — a novel (1861) by Charles Dickens.
  • hopefulness — full of hope; expressing hope: His hopeful words stimulated optimism.

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