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



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

With a gorgeous natural color palette of yellows, greens, golds, and pale blue, her pictures and samples are giving me inspiration. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "Summer Thornton Is Designing a Hotel and the Mood Board Looks Bananas," 1 Feb. 2019 The girls took turns wearing a black and gold sequined bodycon dress by Dress the Population that originally belonged to Amanda. Hannah Orenstein, Seventeen, "13 Things You Never Knew About Getting Dressed on "The Bachelor"," 16 Jan. 2019 The complex gold chain draws the eye upward and outward from the concentrated energy of the pendant to a final oval pair of small opals. Barrymore Laurence Scherer, WSJ, "‘Boston Made: Arts and Crafts Jewelry and Metalwork’ Review: All That Glitters," 28 Nov. 2018 The body of the phone is aluminum and comes with silver or gold accents. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "Palm rises from the dead as a zombie brand, launches tiny smartphone," 15 Oct. 2018 Aside from the silk suit and gold chains that tie the whole ensemble together, Appleton bumps up the braid even more by sitting it all the way atop Lopez's head and fastening it in place with a black scrunchie. Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, "Jennifer Lopez Shows Off Her "Bronx Barbie" Look and Baby Hair on Instagram," 8 Oct. 2018 Sifting through water and sand, little ones might find unique rocks, gems, fool’s gold, and even arrowheads. Discover Magazine, "7 Family Friendly Bucket List Adventures in Beaver Creek," 17 Aug. 2018 Morrone appeared to go makeup-free in the photos and paired the bikini with a straw hat and simple, gold chain. Fox News, "Leonardo DiCaprio's model girlfriend Camila Morrone flaunts bikini bod on vacation," 13 Aug. 2018 Over winter break, Ben bought Moriah a white-gold and diamond ring., "Philadelphia weddings: Moriah Benjoseph and Ben Nassau," 13 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

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 Shot by @yvanfabing #FashionAwards #Swarovski Meghan went for a sleek goddess look in an asymmetrical, black velvet Givenchy dress with gold bangles, metallic Tamara Mellon sandals, and a slick bun. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle Posed for a Gif Photo Booth Just Like Any Other Celeb," 11 Dec. 2018 Kardashian West accessorized her neutral ensemble with a pair of heeled boots and two gold necklaces. Maria Pasquini,, "Kim Kardashian & Kanye West Return from Lakeside Getaway for 'Happy' Date Night in Malibu: Source," 7 July 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


\ 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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