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

The ivory and navy blue interior theme looks beautifully nautical and is punctuated by shiny gold detailing. Drew Dorian, Car and Driver, "Thought the Lexus LM Was the Most Luxe Minivan? Buick Just Said "Not Today" with GL8 Concept," 10 May 2019 Duchess Meghan selected a Wales Bonner trench dress, Manolo Blahnik pumps, and a gold-and-turquoise Jennifer Meyer necklace for the occasion. Omid Scobie, Harper's BAZAAR, "Inside Duchess Meghan & Prince Harry's Intimate Photo Shoot with Baby Sussex," 8 May 2019 Glass glazing, brassy-gold frames, rustic wood, and black metal make for a winning combination. Rebekah Lowin, Country Living, "Joanna Gaines' Newest Target Collection Has the Most Perfect Mother's Day Gifts," 28 Apr. 2019 At the time their simple designs and use of silver rather than gold was revolutionary. Vogue, "Meet Göran Kling, Who Is Crafting Street-Smart “Slang” Jewelry in Sweden," 26 Mar. 2019 Organic shapes and neutral colors lend everything a warm, personal touch, while matte-gold flatware adds an appropriate dose of festivity. ELLE Decor, "This Holiday Party Is Anything But Traditional—And We're Obsessed," 30 Nov. 2018 Less visible but still present and just as gold are the Öhlins adjustable dampers. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "The 2019 Volvo S60 is Swedish style at a surprisingly good price," 16 Oct. 2018 The gold and white binnacle housed on the ship's veranda deck was originally part of the HMY Royal George, a royal yacht that served Queen Victoria. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "The Story Behind the Royal Family's Yacht, Britannia," 30 Sep. 2018 Subtle rose-gold hints perfectly compliment light brown hair, so instead of doing an all-over dye, try some subtle highlights. Lillian Chen, Seventeen, "8 Super Cute Fall Hair Color Trends That Will Make You Crave a PSL," 23 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

While on tour in Poland, the entertainer wore a gold tinsel head covering and strutted down her hotel hallway with full force. Vogue, "The 17 Best Fashion Instagrams of the Week: Diplo Wears Overalls, Erykah Badu Struts, and More," 30 Mar. 2019 Rumpelstiltskin — the hero in this version — wore a gold lamé outfit. John Kelly, Washington Post, "In 1974, a Texas college’s theater troupe spun gold from Nixon’s woes," 22 Apr. 2018 It was exhibited at the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair and made a rare appearance in the windows of Tiffany in 1955 in the hands of a gold wire angel. Stellene Volandes, Town & Country, "Why the Tiffany Diamond Lady Gaga Wore to the Oscars Made the Jewelry World Gasp," 25 Feb. 2019 But this evening in Milan, designer Donatella Versace conjured up the punk undercurrents that run through the Italian fashion house, paying homage to that gold safety pin embellished gown from the Spring 1994 collection. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "The Glamorous Way to Go Grunge, Straight From the Versace Runway," 22 Feb. 2019 Barrick is seeking to shed a number of noncore mining properties and any combination with Newmont would likely trigger a fresh wave of gold property sales. Jacquie Mcnish, WSJ, "Barrick Gold Is Considering Possible Deal With Newmont," 22 Feb. 2019 This is included but not limited to rose gold makeup brushes and dusty rose-hued lipstick. Devon Abelman, Allure, "Lancôme Is Launching a Limited-Edition Gold Version of La Rose a Poudrer, Its Rose-Shaped Highlighter," 21 Aug. 2018 To that end, Brady complemented his wife’s gold Versace gown with a Versace look of his own. Ashley Hoffman, Time, "Tom Brady's 2018 Met Gala Outfit Supplied Endless Meme Material," 8 May 2018 The gold accessory is a very small but eye-catching upgrade to any bathroom (or any space at home with a drain). Maya Mcdowell, House Beautiful, "Liquid Gold Drains Are The Coolest Home Accessory Out There—No Exaggeration," 28 Jan. 2019

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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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