gold standard


: a monetary standard under which the basic unit of currency is defined by a stated quantity of gold and which is usually characterized by the coinage and circulation of gold, unrestricted convertibility of other money into gold, and the free export and import of gold for settling of international obligations

Examples of gold standard in a Sentence

the gold standard for accurate experimental procedures is the double-blind medication trial
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Word History

First Known Use

1811, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of gold standard was in 1811

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“Gold standard.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Dec. 2023.

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