Main definitions of argentine in US English:

: argentine1Argentine2

argentine1

adjective

archaic
  • Of or resembling silver.

    • ‘Visible even from a distance, its argentine spires punctured the horizon with needles of light, whilst its great walls reflected the rays of the rising sun.’

noun

  • A small marine fish with a silvery sheen.

    Family Argentinidae: two genera and several species, in particular Argentina silus of the North Atlantic

    • ‘A number of the deepwater species on the existing list, ling, argentines and Greenland halibut have been transferred to the Total Allowable Catch (TAC) and quotas regulation.’
    • ‘They are small fishes, growing up to 25 cm long, excepting the Greater argentine, Argentina silus, which reaches 70 cm.’
    • ‘The Atlantic argentine (Argentina silus) is found from the Arctic waters of Davis Strait south to Labrador, as well as in other areas of the North Atlantic.’

Origin

Late Middle English: from Old French argentin, argentine, from argent ‘silver’, from Latin argentum.

Pronunciation

Main definitions of argentine in US English:

: argentine1Argentine2

Argentine2

adjective

  • Relating to Argentina or its people.

    • ‘The disc is breezy and refreshing, and reveals an utterly new side to the Argentine soul.’
    • ‘He cleverly weaves several themes from the opera together with elements of Argentine folk music.’
    • ‘Uruguay might also import Argentine grain to fatten steers.’
    • ‘His version of Argentine history always adopts the silenced viewpoint of the oppressed.’
    • ‘The painter Cabrera was the first to depict Argentine historical subjects.’

noun

  • 1A native or inhabitant of Argentina, or a person of Argentine descent.

    • ‘The "rich as an Argentine" sons of fine families introduced the tango to Paris on their grand tours of Europe.’
    • ‘He could always get somebody to explain if he had to talk business with an Argentine who did not speak English.’
    • ‘Lange was an Argentine, but she came from a Norwegian family.’
    • ‘As a fellow Argentine, the director is proud to be associated with Casares, and he pays suitable tribute to his inspiration.’
    • ‘A temperamental Plexiglas piece by Argentine Martha Boto was still being tinkered into operation on the day of the opening.’
  • 2the Argentine

    another name for Argentina
    • ‘He heads back to the Argentine to complete work on a dam.’
    • ‘It is a fruit of the Argentine which according to Emerson possesses remarkable qualities.’
    • ‘He was born near Buenos Aires, the son of poor American parents of English descent who had moved to the Argentine to farm.’
    • ‘No one speaks of going to live in the Argentine.’
    • ‘Almost everybody from Mexico to the Argentine eats armadillo.’

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