gold

noun, often attributive
\ ˈgōld How to pronounce gold (audio) \

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

gold

adjective

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

Noun

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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Bob Hayes won two gold medals in track and then went on to win a Super Bowl ring. Aimee Berg, New York Times, "Is Chase Budinger the Future of Men’s Beach Volleyball?," 11 July 2019 Lavelle was already a USWNT fanatic at age eight and chose to do her book report on Mia Hamm, coming to class in a No. 9 jersey with a gold medal hanging around her neck. Dan Gartland, SI.com, "Rose Lavelle Once Wore a Mia Hamm Costume for a Book Report," 9 July 2019 Solid gold can be upwards of several hundred with the piercing. Lexy Lebsack, refinery29.com, "Everything You Want To Know About Nipple Piercings (& We Mean Everything)," 5 July 2019 Frames are important and silver is precious, but what is framed is more important and gold is more precious. George Will, Twin Cities, "George Will: To construe the Constitution, look to the Declaration," 4 July 2019 Frames are important and silver is precious, but what is framed is more important and gold is more precious. George Will, National Review, "To Construe the Constitution, Look to the Declaration," 4 July 2019 Traders turned their backs on more defensive holdings, pushing bond and gold prices lower. CBS News, "S&P 500 closes at new record, buoyed by U.S.-China trade truce," 1 July 2019 The recent gold-price surge in India mirrored global trends. Sangeeta Tanwar, Quartz India, "There is no capping gold prices in India—nor stopping buyers," 27 June 2019 Omega's gold Speedmaster is a version of the watches the company presented to astronauts at a gala dinner in 1969. Fox News, "50 years later, the Moon is still great for business," 24 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

There weren’t a lot of frills to Mendes’ set (with the exception of a huge light-up rose sculpture that shifted from rose to pink to white and gold colors throughout the night). Ashley Naftule, azcentral, "Shawn Mendes makes all the girls (and women) scream At Gila River Arena," 10 July 2019 Her new performance piece begins outside the gallery, with Cullors as a human statue covered in gold body paint with chakra colors painted from her head to her groin. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Black Lives Matter co-founder lets her art do the talking in San Diego," 28 June 2019 Thankfully, there's a good handful of gold lion masks on the internet that make this costume surprisingly not impossible. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "These 'Masked Singer' Halloween Costumes Are the Biggest Mic Drop of All Time," 21 June 2019 The delicate works in gold wooden frames, despite being highly sensitive to light, were on view for about a decade before they were removed. Roger Catlin, Smithsonian, "After More Than Eight Decades, These Exquisite Whistler Watercolors Make Their Public Debut," 18 June 2019 Specially designed to fit the Review, in black with gold foil logo. The Reader's Catalog, "New York Review Slipcase," 17 June 2019 The missing items are two gold Cuban link chains with diamonds, a gold chain with a black panther pendant which contained black and white diamonds, a rose gold Rolex presidential watch and a two tone rose gold and white gold Cuban link bracelet. Michelle Lou, CNN, "New York Jets player Le'Veon Bell's girlfriends allegedly stole $520,000 worth of jewelry from him, police say," 6 June 2019 And for those who succeed—the dream: a gold presidential Rolex, a herringbone thick as a wrist, a Jesus pendant the size of Jesus, chains made of diamond solitaires, wrists stacked with Gucci link bracelets, a megacarat pinkie ring. Mitchell S. Jackson, Harper's magazine, "Opportunity Cost," 10 Feb. 2019 After a horrifying family incident, Poornima runs away from her husband's house with little more than a handful of gold jewelry and a few hundred rupees. Bethanne Patrick, latimes.com, "Women tend the flames of their ambition in Shobha Rao's 'Girls Burn Brighter'," 9 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of gold

Noun

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

Adjective

1969, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for gold

Noun

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

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The first known use of gold was before the 12th century

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More Definitions for gold

gold

noun

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

gold

adjective

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

: made of or from gold
: having a gold color

gold

noun
\ ˈgōld How to pronounce gold (audio) \

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

gold

noun, often attributive
\ ˈgōld How to pronounce gold (audio) \

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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