noun, often attributive
\ ˈgōld \

Definition of gold

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a yellow malleable ductile metallic element that occurs chiefly free or in a few minerals and is used especially in coins, jewelry, and dentures — see Chemical Elements Table
2a(1) : gold coins
(2) : a gold piece
b : money
3 : a variable color averaging deep yellow
4 : something resembling gold especially : something valued as the finest of its kind a heart of gold
5 : a medal awarded as the first prize in a competition : a gold medal



Definition of gold (Entry 2 of 2)

: qualifying for a gold record
go gold
: to have enough sales to qualify for a gold record the album went gold

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Synonyms for gold

Synonyms: Noun

bread [slang], bucks, cabbage [slang], cash, change, chips, coin, currency, dough, green, jack [slang], kale [slang], legal tender, lolly [British], long green [slang], loot, lucre, money, moola (or moolah) [slang], needful, pelf, scratch [slang], shekels (also sheqels), tender, wampum

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Examples of gold in a Sentence


diamonds in a setting of 24-karat gold What is the price of gold?

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The hotel opened in 2016 with just a handful of rooms, each with an elegant cream-and-gold palette and furnishings in silk and taffeta. Kaitlin Menza, Town & Country, "The Best Room at...Hotel Splendide Royal in Paris," 8 Jan. 2019 And with that, Mel enthusiastically slammed her hand on the buzzer, causing gold confetti to rain down over Susan. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Susan Boyle's Golden Buzzer on 'AGT: The Champions' Sparks Heated Debate," 8 Jan. 2019 Her large gold glasses magnify them, making them look even bigger. Zahra Barnes, SELF, "Sarah Hyland Opens Up About Dialysis and Her Second Kidney Transplant," 10 Dec. 2018 Beginning in the Rocky Mountain village of Estes Park, Colorado, this drive is especially gorgeous when the aspen trees that dot the road turn bright gold. Juliet Izon, Woman's Day, "The 12 Most Scenic Drives in the Country to Add to Your Bucket List ASAP," 4 Dec. 2018 The collection's shade range (from deep raspberry to rose gold) varies enough for new beauty looks over the holidays and clear through to New Year's. Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, "Kylie Jenner Just Revealed Her Entire 2018 Holiday Makeup Collection on Instagram," 14 Nov. 2018 Meanwhile, for younger kids, the PBS Kids video and game apps are gold. Nadine Jolie Courtney, Redbook, "Genius Ways to Keep Your Kids Busy on Road Trips," 16 Aug. 2018 Marquette University, the gold-standard pollster in the state, found Vukmir with a 2-point lead in mid-July. Dylan Scott, Vox, "A vicious Senate primary is hurting Republicans in Wisconsin," 10 Aug. 2018 Those sanctions affect financial transactions that involve U.S. dollars, Iran’s automotive sector, the purchase of commercial planes and metals including gold. Zeke Miller, The Seattle Times, "Trump ups sanctions pressure on Iran despite European dismay," 6 Aug. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

In another truly stunning image, the musician dons a lavender blouse and pants, topped with a pale gray suit coat, wears a gold crown of leaves in his tousled hair, and carries a tiny piglet in one arm. Andrea Park, Teen Vogue, "Harry Styles Hung Out With Lambs and Piglets in New Gucci Campaign," 18 Sep. 2018 Getty Images In the Very Adorable Couple Olympics, Joe Jonas and Sophie Turner would definitely be gold medalists. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Sophie Turner Reacts Adorably to Joe Jonas Secretly Instagramming Her," 25 Nov. 2018 Evgenia Medvedeva, 18, a two-time world skating champion and a gold medal favorite in the women’s singles competition next week, won the short program in Sunday’s team competition. JerÉ Longman, New York Times, "Russian Figure Skaters Dominate Despite Olympic Ban," 11 Feb. 2018 Generations of gold prospectors—from the age of Conquistadors to today—have flocked to Colombia in search of riches. Diana Budds, Curbed, "The most bizarre and brilliant projects from a Dutch design fair," 5 Nov. 2018 In the pic, which was taken by Wells, Sarah wears a 1970s-inspired gold chain-mail-esque bikini with a gold body chain, oversized hoop earrings, and trendy round sunglasses. Andrea Park, Teen Vogue, "Sarah Hyland's Boyfriend, Wells Adams, Defends Her From Body-Shaming Trolls Yet Again," 22 Oct. 2018 The crib is round, with white and gold accents, complete with white sheets with gold polka dots. Temi Adebowale, House Beautiful, "You Need to See The Insane Crib Cardi B Got for Her Baby's Nursery," 18 July 2018 The real treat is the two holographic shades towards the end, VR Fire Opal and Astral Luna Gold, which look gold and white but shift to a green and gold, respectively. Allure Editors, Allure, "The Best New Beauty Products of September 2018," 30 Sep. 2018 Then, take gold face paint and fill in any big gaps with short strokes. Blake Bakkila, Good Housekeeping, "We're Obsessed With This Easy Cat Makeup Tutorial for Halloween," 5 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of gold


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1969, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for gold


Middle English, from Old English; akin to Old High German gold gold, Old English geolu yellow — more at yellow

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English Language Learners Definition of gold

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a soft yellow metal that is very valuable and that is used especially in jewelry

: gold coins

: a deep yellow color



English Language Learners Definition of gold (Entry 2 of 2)

: made of or from gold

: having a gold color


\ ˈgōld \

Kids Definition of gold

1 : a soft yellow metallic chemical element used especially in coins and jewelry
2 : gold coins
3 : a medal awarded as the first prize in a competition
4 : a deep yellow


noun, often attributive
\ ˈgōld \

Medical Definition of gold

: a malleable ductile yellow metallic element that occurs chiefly free or in a few minerals and is used especially in coins, jewelry, and dentures and in the form of its salts (as gold sodium thiomalate) especially in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis symbol Au — see Chemical Elements Table

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