gold standard


Definition of gold standard

1 : 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

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Examples of gold standard in a Sentence

the gold standard for accurate experimental procedures is the double-blind medication trial
Recent Examples on the Web Little Italy is the gold standard for urban neighborhood development in San Diego. Michael Smolens Columnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: San Diego is still trying to become a “City of Villages”," 30 Apr. 2021 West Point must be the gold standard for developing Army officers. Tom Vanden Brook, USA TODAY, "Eight cadets at West Point expelled for cheating, over 50 set back a year," 16 Apr. 2021 Masks are still the gold standard for preventing the disease's spread. Richard Galant, CNN, "How we get to herd immunity," 11 Apr. 2021 The data is based on the Cooperative Election Study, which has become the gold standard for assessing vote choice because of its sample size and its ability to accurately represent the voting population of the United States. Ryan Burge, The Conversation, "Trump's support among religious groups held in 2020 vote...," 8 Apr. 2021 Even if such stories are shaky in their accuracy, Buddy’s remains the gold standard for doing Detroit-style right, Tocco says. Phillip Valys,, "Detroit-style pizza invasion: How square pies became white-hot in South Florida," 26 Mar. 2021 While many automakers have models on all lists, the gold standard for occupant protection during a crash and crash prevention based on recent tests was Volvo in 2020 and Hyundai/Kia/Genesis in 2021, Harkey said. Phoebe Wall Howard, Detroit Free Press, "Ford Mustang Mach-E got so close to perfect safety rating: Here's what held it back," 22 Apr. 2021 In this installment of the FiveThirtyEight Politics podcast, editor in chief Nate Silver talks to Galen Druke about why the gold standard of polling has changed and what this means going forward. Rick Klein, Averi Harper, ABC News, "Power of 1 highlights challenges for Biden: The Note," 26 Mar. 2021 These days, the gold standard is the deep-plane face-lift, which lifts the supportive layer beneath the face’s muscle instead of just its superficial layer (or SMAS, the superficial muscular aponeurotic system). Fiorella Valdesolo, WSJ, "It’s Last Call for Your Secret Covid Face-lift," 2 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of gold standard

1811, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Gold standard.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 May. 2021.

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