Definition of silver fern in English:

silver fern

noun

  • 1

    another term for ponga
    • ‘The walk there and back took us through some beautiful bush with huge silver ferns, beach trees, pungas, pohutakawa, cabbage trees and palms.’
    • ‘These views were punctuated by cascading waterfalls, silver ferns, and a couple of wicker birds.’
  • 2A stylized fern leaf in silver, as an emblem of New Zealand.

    • ‘Among them will be our Kiwi contingent, proudly sporting the silver fern.’
    • ‘I think I'll start a lobby group to have the national flag changed to a black background with a silver fern.’
    • ‘He knew he'd earn his silver fern, because there were 18 games on tour.’
    • ‘The results of the Canterbury team reflected the commitment of the contestants for the competition in their quest to wear the silver fern for New Zealand in St. Gallen.’
    • ‘Her flag design - she's onto a second version now - incorporates the kiwi and the silver fern.’

Phrases

  • wear the silver fern

    • informal Be a member of an international New Zealand sports team:

      ‘the girls are honoured to be wearing the silver fern for the first time’
      • ‘If she is unable to follow in her father's footsteps and wear the silver fern, she will represent Italy at the Olympics.’
      • ‘The results reflected the commitment of the contestants for the competition in their quest to wear the silver fern for New Zealand.’
      • ‘I am truly honoured to represent such a prestigious country and will take pride in wearing the silver fern.’
      • ‘Those who are mentally and physically ready to wear the silver fern are given a chance to prove themselves.’
      • ‘Your sons have the same opportunity to wear the silver fern that you've had.’
      • ‘The youngster can wear the silver fern through having Kiwi parents.’
      • ‘He first wore the silver fern on New Zealand's 2002 European tour but was quickly discarded after just two caps.’
      • ‘I'm so proud to be a New Zealander and wear the silver fern.’
      • ‘What New Zealander will not be almost as tense as those wearing the silver fern when they compete under the most severe physical and mental pressure?’
      • ‘These guys are wearing the silver fern, they're putting their marker in the ground and are saying "I'm here to represent my country".’