gold record

noun

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

Examples of gold record in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The plaques included on the Pioneer 10 (1972) and Pioneer 11 spacecraft launched in 1973 and the gold records on Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 in 1977 were also time (and space) capsules, reflecting our hopes and anxieties. Katrina Gulliver, JSTOR Daily, 26 Apr. 2024 If TikTok is eventually banned in the U.S., at least Pavement will have a gold record to show for it. August Brown, Los Angeles Times, 21 May 2024 Besides gold records and juicy stories of life on the road, one of the above also might be the real estate agent who sells you your next home. Sal Cataldi, Rolling Stone, 18 Apr. 2024 The studio now is owned by Camarata’s son, Paul, and boasts more than 300 gold records. Jessica Gelt, Los Angeles Times, 20 Feb. 2024 Sold out shows, a gold record, and a Mercury Prize nomination were all quick to follow. Krystal Rodriguez, Billboard, 12 Aug. 2021 Just imagine all this coming fast: gold record, gold record, platinum, triple-platinum. Derek Scancarelli, Forbes, 27 Jan. 2022 After 26 gold records, the Robinsons folded Sugar Hill in 1986. Keith Murphy, Los Angeles Times, 7 Aug. 2023 One of the first scenes has Wynonna entering a room in her mother’s house full of gold records and other career artifacts for the first time since Naomi died. Chris Willman, Variety, 29 Apr. 2023

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gold%20record. Accessed 18 Jul. 2024.

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