From Middle English silver, selver, sulver, from Old English seolfor, seolofor, from Proto-West Germanic *silubr, from Proto-Germanic *silubrą, of uncertain origin.
Cognate with Saterland Frisian Säälwer ("silver"), West Frisian sulver ("silver"), Dutch zilver ("silver"), German Low German Silver, Sülver, German Silber ("silver"), Swedish silver ("silver"), Icelandic silfur ("silver"). The Germanic word has parallels in Baltic and Slavic (Old Church Slavonic сьрєбро, Lithuanian sidabras), Celtic (Celtiberian silaPur-), and outside Indo-European, in Basque zilar and Proto-Berber *a-ẓrəf, but the ultimate origin of the word is unknown.
Adjective sense of twenty-fifth wedding anniversary generalized from silver wedding, from German Silberhochzeit, silberne Hochzeit.
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