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

Definition of gold

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a yellow metallic element that occurs naturally in pure form and is used especially in coins, jewelry, and electronics — 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

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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 Ty Wilfon, a firefighter from Albuquerque, browsed the Trump store with his wife and sons, who inspected chocolates made to look like bars of gold and stamped with the president’s name. New York Times, "As Democrats Swarm Las Vegas, Trump’s Hotel Guests Wait for Their Headliner," 19 Feb. 2020 Scientists have identified a short-lived isotope of gold with a wobbly nucleus. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "Sad: This Isotope Lives for Just 8 Minutes and Leaves Behind a Wobbly Nucleus," 12 Feb. 2020 He was spotted in a fresh pair of gold Nike Air Force 1s at Miami International Airport on Monday (Feb. 3). Mark Elibert, Billboard, "Laced Up: This Week's Coolest Sneaker Sightings With Drake, Swae Lee & More," 7 Feb. 2020 If the site is ever redeveloped, its style may concern the president less than its function—lots of gold, fine, but absolutely not another hotel. The Economist, "Donald Trump threatens to bring his taste to government buildings," 6 Feb. 2020 This open display of vulnerability seemed to demonstrate anew that Hanks is not only a legendary actor, but also has a heart of gold. Megan Mccluskey, Time, "Let's Pause to Appreciate the 6 Most Tom Hanks Things That Tom Hanks Has Ever Done," 6 Feb. 2020 Her natural hair is cropped close, while her skin is dotted with regal patches of gold that represent vitiligo, the skin condition that causes loss of pigment. Julie Hinds, Detroit Free Press, "'NCIS: New Orleans" star's art collection gets guest role at Detroit museum," 27 Jan. 2020 Both stocks were boosted by a 22% rise in the price of gold since the start of last year. Alistair Macdonald, WSJ, "America’s Gold Giant Bets on Dividends, Improved Mines to Hold Off Rival," 27 Jan. 2020 From This Year’s National Board of Review Portrait Studio Hayek went on singing Zellweger’s praises, adding that the Golden Globe winner has a heart of gold and never says unkind things about others. Katie Intner,, "Salma Hayek Says Her 'Big Butt' Split Her 2003 Oscars Gown - So Renée Zellweger Loaned Her One," 9 Jan. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective In the master bath, instead of one massive mirror, three mirrors with gold trim—two slim matching ones over each sink, and one large round one in the middle—put a vintage-glam twist on the standard bathroom vanity. Nena Farrell, Sunset Magazine, "An Earthy-Glam Remodel in Arizona Worth Drooling Over," 10 Feb. 2020 Burnside Brewing: The brewpub opened in a prime, close-in East Burnside Street spot in 2010 then struck gold two years later at the Great American Beer Festival. oregonlive, "The year in beer: Brutal closures, promising startups define a volatile 2019," 23 Dec. 2019 In addition to the couple’s traditional 10-tiered white wedding cake with gold accents, Tebow had a groom’s cake that would fit into his diet: a Keto-friendly cheesecake. Steve Helling,, "Steak! Cheesecake! Salads! All About Tim Tebow’s ‘Keto-Friendly’ Wedding Reception," 23 Jan. 2020 And there's a character in it who has a judicial function, who wears a robe with gold stripes. NBC News, "Transcript: The Chief Justice Shall Preside," 13 Jan. 2020 Kingwood boys gold team wins Region III-6A final to advance to state tournament. Marcus Gutierrez, Houston Chronicle, "Sports: The top 10 highlights from Humble ISD athletics in 2019," 30 Dec. 2019 One was a gold wedding band, the other a gold band with a gemstone attached. Jeff Weiner,, "Nursing home worker stole rings off elderly patient’s fingers, pawned them hours later, Winter Garden cops say," 12 Dec. 2019 But the ranks also include: Jason Lamy-Chappuis, France’s Olympic gold champion in the Nordic combined, who joined a year ago; and world aerobatics champion Aude Lemordant, who has been able to pursue both careers simultaneously. Elizabeth Yuan, WSJ, "Renowned Conductor Adds Air France Pilot to Resume," 16 Jan. 2020 Meghan and Harry stepped on to the gold carpet looking like literal royalty. Alexis Reliford,, "Wait, Was It Prince Harry Who Got Meghan Her Disney Deal?," 12 Jan. 2020

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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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23 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Gold.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2020.

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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 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


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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