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

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?
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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, going back to Old English, neuter strong noun, going back to Germanic *gulþa-/*gulđa- (with varying accentuation, whence also Old Frisian, Old Saxon, and Old High German gold "gold," Old Norse gull, goll, Gothic gulþ), going back to dialectal Indo-European *ǵhl̥(h3)-to-, with full-grade ablaut *ǵhel(h3)-to- (in Latvian zȩ̀lts "gold," Old Prussian sealtmeno "oriole") and o-grade *ǵhol(h3)-to- (in Slavic *zȍlto, whence Old Church Slavic zlato "gold," Bosnian-Croatian-Serbian zlâto, Polish złoto, Russian zóloto), all derivatives with the adjectival suffix *-to- from Indo-European *ǵhelh3- "yellow, green" — more at yellow entry 1

Note: The formation of a word for "gold" from a *-to- derivative of Indo-European *ǵhelh3- "yellow, green" is peculiar to Germanic, Slavic, and, in part, Baltic. An Indo-Iranian word for "gold" is formed with different suffixation from the same root: *ǵhl̥h3-en-i̯o-, whence Sanskrit híranya- "gold," Avestan zarańiia-. A full display of forms in medieval and modern languages and loans into non-Indo-European languages is contained in the article "Indo-European 'Gold' in Time and Space" by Václav Blažek, Journal of Indo-European Studies, vol. 45, No. 3 (fall/winter 2017), pp. 267-311.

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\ 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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