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

c : gold standard sense 1

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, cash, change, chips, coin, currency, dough, green, jack [slang], legal tender, lucre, money, pelf, 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

Consumers would scratch off a gold medal uncovering an Olympic event. Brett Molina, USA TODAY, "Build-a-Bear blunder: Other company promotions that epically failed," 13 July 2018 Illustration: Drue Wagner Bumping Into: Look out for former Obama deputy chief of staff Alyssa Mastromonaco, Refinery29 co-founder Piera Gelardi and gold medal Olympian Aly Raisman. Christopher Ross, WSJ, "The Top 5 CEO Conferences Catering to the World’s Power Players," 10 July 2018 One standout achievement, Crabb said, was awarded to Grace Olson, a student who achieved a gold medal on the National Latin Exam for all four years of high school. Michael Walsh, Courant Community, "Students Taking Interest In Latin," 10 July 2018 Center Grove big man Trayce Jackson-Davis was in Bloomington for a team camp and discussed his recent gold-medal winning performance with Team USA. Zach Osterman, Indianapolis Star, "Insider: IU basketball's 5 primary targets for 2019 recruiting class," 9 July 2018 Pastrana — who has won several X Games gold medals for supercross, motocross, and freestyle motocross — performed the stunts during the History Channel’s Evel Live event. Lindsay Kimble,, "Evel Knievel Rides Again! Travis Pastrana Completes 3 of Daredevil's Most Famous Jumps," 9 July 2018 It’s more than legend, though, that Tarzan star Johnny Weissmuller was truly an ace swimmer — the winner of five Olympic gold medals in the 1924 and 1928 games. Joy Wallace Dickinson,, "Keep cool with movies linked to Florida’s past," 8 July 2018 Cosmopolitan noticed the other day that the two very possibly have matching gold rings—and not to freak you out, but those rings kind of look like Cartier wedding bands. Julyssa Lopez, Glamour, "Don't Freak Out, but It Looks Like Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas Got Matching Gold Rings," 7 July 2018 But whether medical marijuana actually causes those effects hasn’t been proven in gold-standard medical studies. Rita Giordano,, "Could marijuana help treat opioid addiction? Pennsylvania may soon find out," 6 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

The image, which appears to have been shot on her phone into a mirror, also shows Kendall rocking two gold necklaces layered on top of each other to accessorize the daring look. Mekita Rivas, Teen Vogue, "Kendall Jenner Posts Topless Photo With Ice Cream Emojis," 8 June 2018 The odds of obtaining a .999 fine silver version (a $50 retail value) is one in 432, while the chances of getting a gold coin (a $2,000 retail value) is one in 21,600. Eduardo A. Encina,, "Orioles notes: Colby Rasmus begins rehab assignment with Double-A Bowie," 1 June 2018 American freestyle skier David Wise came through in the clutch to compete as gold medalist in the men’s halfpipe. Dan Gartland,, "USA’s David Wise Repeats as Gold Medalist in Men’s Ski Halfpipe," 21 Feb. 2018 What fulfilled me is raising that gold thing above my head. Ira Winderman,, "Paul George seeks NBA free-agency advice from Dwyane Wade," 28 June 2018 Wiseman was founded by gold miners in the early 1900s. Scott Mcmurren, Anchorage Daily News, "Curious about Nome, Wiseman and Fort Yukon? Here are your guides," 16 June 2018 An 11th-century bowl, adorned with gold paint and covered with a shimmering glaze, shows a Coptic priest swinging an incense burner. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Landmark Exhibition Takes You Inside the Exuberant, Diverse World of the Fatimid Dynasty," 21 Mar. 2018 The two-tiered white and gold confection featured a top layer that resembled a ruffle and was nearly identical to the top half of Vergara’s birthday outfit. Madison Roberts,, "Sofia Vergara Celebrated Her 46th Birthday with a Cake That Matched Her Dress Exactly," 11 July 2018 The club space is minimally furnished with a gray, white and gold color scheme. Kellie Hwang, azcentral, "Pay to play: Members-only bar and club opens in downtown Phoenix," 12 June 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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