gold record


: a gold phonograph record awarded to a singer or group whose single record or album has sold at least 500,000 copies

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Katelyn graduated in May 2019, displaying her diploma next to her husband's gold records. Terri Robertson, Country Living, 2 Apr. 2023 Framed platinum and gold records from bands like Dokken hang on the wall behind him. Matt Wake |, al, 17 Mar. 2023 That same year, the King of Rock 'n' Roll skyrocketed to super-stardom making historic network television appearances, giving record-breaking live performances, and receiving armloads of gold record awards. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, 21 Mar. 2023 After that initial Luck visit, the first episode focuses on 1975’s audacious song cycle Red Headed Stranger, perhaps country music’s first concept album, and certainly the first to earn a gold record for selling 1 million copies. David Bloom, Forbes, 24 Jan. 2023 This unlikely hit was part of the Irish hard-rock band's 1976 Jailbreak album, helping the band earn its first gold record. Selena Barrientos, Good Housekeeping, 22 Jan. 2023 Badalamenti’s compositions along with three songs sung by Cruise, peaked at No. 22 on the Billboard 200 album charts and was certified as a gold record with more than a half-million copies sold. Los Angeles Times, 12 Dec. 2022 At the time, it was considered the best-selling song recorded by an Australian, and Slim was awarded the first gold record presented in Australia. Lars Brandle, Billboard, 24 Oct. 2022 The tradition includes the Voyager probe's gold record and the Perseverance rover's microchip of 10.9 million names. Ashley Strickland, CNN, 15 Aug. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1957, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of gold record was in 1957

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“Gold record.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Jun. 2023.

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