Definition of silverback in English:



  • A mature male mountain gorilla, distinguished by an area of white or silvery hair across the back and acting as the dominant member of its social group.

    ‘Then another gorilla shows up below her, this one a silverback, or mature male, that appears to weigh at least 400 pounds.’
    • ‘Families are headed by a silverback (mature adult male) and usually include a harem of three of four adult females and their respective offspring.’
    • ‘The gorillas are big silverbacks; one male, a bunch of females and quite a few cute little youngsters rolling around.’
    • ‘Then a female gorilla, followed by one of the silverbacks, began to climb up the trunk.’
    • ‘If confronted by a hunter, silverbacks may stay behind and position themselves between the hunter and the fleeing gorilla family.’



/ˈsilvərˌbak/ /ˈsɪlvərˌbæk/