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, 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

Considering his future, Hirscher took some time off after winning Olympic gold and wrapping up another overall championship and discipline titles in both slalom and GS last spring. Eric Willemsen, The Seattle Times, "A family man now, Hirscher still favorite for overall title," 26 Oct. 2018 The bride opted for a classic, simple, yellow gold band for her ceremony, and will likely also receive another diamond band to complement her engagement ring at a later date. Carrie Goldberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "All the Details You Missed About Princess Eugenie's Bridal Look," 12 Oct. 2018 That goes for all the offshoot color trends too — opal, metallic, rose gold. Sable Yong, Teen Vogue, "Going Platinum: What to Know Before Dyeing Your Hair," 5 Oct. 2018 The ring is relatively simple—gold band, solitaire diamond, bezel setting—but the diamond is shaped like, well, a diamond. Emily Farra, Vogue, "These Unusual, Rare-Cut Diamond Engagement Rings Just Landed at Dover Street Market," 20 Sep. 2018 Metallic finishes have been popular for a few years, especially rose gold — though Dyson might be the first to literally cover the thing in a precious metal. Cheryl Wischhover, Vox, "Dyson’s new $500 golden hair dryer, explained," 29 Aug. 2018 Even the former American Idol winner's makeup looks rose gold, and when the camera zooms out, Carrie points up to balloons spelling out baby that appear to be (what else?) pink. Taysha Murtaugh, Country Living, "Has Carrie Underwood Been Dropping Hints About Her Baby's Gender This Whole Time?," 11 Aug. 2018 The sparkler, which features a similar design to Princess Diana's Garrard ring, has one big ruby surrounded by 10 diamonds, forming on a flower pattern on a yellow gold band. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "The Story Behind Sarah Ferguson's Extravagant Engagement Ring," 23 July 2018 Related stories from Sacramento Bee Urban Roots, Crooked Lane win gold at the U.S. Open Beer Championship Countdown begins on Track 7's East Sac launch. Benjy Egel, sacbee, "They bought tickets to a bogus sushi festival. Now they can’t get their money back," 11 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

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 Over the years, a gold Coupe de Ville, a gray Fleetwood, a blue d'Elegance. Tim Prudente,, "Collapse: The rise and deadly fall of a Baltimore rowhouse," 12 July 2018 That hapless little Olympic seldom-do-well, the United States, which was a dour 2-4 in round-robin play as of Sunday night, will ride its 5-3 semifinal upset of Canada on Thursday night into the first American appearance in any gold medal tussle. Chuck Culpepper, Anchorage Daily News, "U.S. men’s curling hits new heights with upset of Canada," 22 Feb. 2018 The entire villa was covered in gold tinsel with gold balloons, lights, silverware, plates, candles, et cetera. Alexandra Macon, Vogue, "Inside a Greenery-Filled Hawaiian Wedding—Where the Bridesmaids Wore Power Suits," 13 July 2018 At the time] once a woman was over the age of 35, the studio basically handed her a gold watch, so to speak. Stephanie Nolasco, Fox News, "Elizabeth Taylor's 'Suddenly, Last Summer' was nearly banned over racy white swimsuit, author reveals," 11 July 2018 The players had long vanished into the tunnel and yet O'Connor still lingered, posing for selfies while clutching a gold poster gifted to him by supporters. Danielle Lerner, The Courier-Journal, "James O'Connor is leaving LouCity but his legacy will last forever," 1 July 2018 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

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

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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


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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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