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

In all, according to his website, Mr. Sansonetti won 42 gold medals at the World Masters Athletic Championships, a competition for older track and field athletes that has age categories in five-year increments. Anna Momigliano, New York Times, "Ugo Sansonetti, 100, Dies; Won Track Medals Into His 90s," 20 Aug. 2019 He was named to the Austrian national team in 1955 on a squad that included ski greats such as Toni Sailer — who swept the men’s alpine gold medals at the 1956 Olympics — and Anderl Molterer. John Meyer, The Denver Post, "Pepi Gramshammer, ski icon and “visionary” Vail business owner, dies at 87," 20 Aug. 2019 America's women have been far more successful than their male counterparts, winning four World Cups -- the most recent last month in France -- and four Olympic gold medals. Wayne Sterling, Jason Hanna And Aimee Lewis, CNN, "US Women's National Team's equal-pay lawsuit is set for a May trial," 20 Aug. 2019 Two years ago, pitcher Matthew Liberatore and third baseman Nolan Gorman won gold medals on the USA 18U team, before starting their senior years at Glendale Mountain Ridge and Phoenix Sandra Day O'Connor, respectively. Richard Obert, azcentral, "Corona del Sol shortstop Hunter Haas named to USA Baseball 18U national team," 20 Aug. 2019 Police said the victim, who was on her way to a departing flight, took an automated tram to her terminal about 5 p.m. Aug. 1, accidentally leaving behind her purse, which held four credit cards and a gold bracelet. Jeff Weiner,, "Orlando airport worker found purse on tram, used traveler’s credit cards for ‘shopping spree,’ cops say," 19 Aug. 2019 The 33-year-old Waukesha native has set her sights on winning the gold medal in the marathon at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. Ben Steele, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Waukesha native Gwen Jorgensen still focused on marathon training despite challenges," 18 Aug. 2019 Michael Phelps becomes the first athlete in Olympic history to win 11 career gold medals. Fox News, "This Day in History: Aug. 13," 13 Aug. 2019 The Hoover High graduates took on the bulk of the scoring, rebounding and leadership roles as the locals traveled to Armenia in hopes of bringing home a gold medal for the first time since 2003. Glendale News-Press, "Led by Spight, Homenetmen basketball team prepares for Pan-Armenian Games," 2 Aug. 2019

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Most of the country's gold reserves are thought to lie in Orinoco Mining Arc, Bolivar state. Vasco Cotovio, CNN, "A trail of 'bloody gold' leads to Venezuela's government," 20 Aug. 2019 The program will break down into a bronze level for zero to 2,500 points, a silver tier for 2,500 to 5,000 points and a gold level for any amount above 5,000 points. Austin Fuller,, "ABC Fine Wine & Spirits unveils loyalty program with ‘vault’ access to rare booze," 13 Aug. 2019 On the Magnolia blog post, Jo listed Anthropologie's Gleaming Primrose Mirror as part of the new library decor—opting for the 7-foot tall, gold version. Selena Barrientos, House Beautiful, "Even Joanna Gaines Is Obsessed with That Famous Anthropologie Mirror," 5 Aug. 2019 At the end of their workdays, the two would return home looking like statuettes, their hair and faces covered in gold paint. Colleen Shalby,, "It was the Coliseum’s mystery mural, until a teenage detective solved its 50-year puzzle," 12 July 2019 And all the finds from the Greek sites—terra-cotta ex-votos, written tablets, roof tiles and drains, a gold crown, as well as magnificent sculptural groups. Frances Mayes, National Geographic, "Discover Italy’s most delicious secret," 11 July 2019 The simulation looks at how gold nanoparticles in a virtual breast tumor are heated by exposure to near-infrared light. Fox News, "Techniques developed by astronomers to understand space could help fight against breast cancer," 3 July 2019 The official said the gunmen got away with gold coins, commemorative watches and other valuables. Washington Post, "Gunmen raid Mexican mint headquarters, loot open vault," 7 Aug. 2019 Among the Broncos with gold jackets in attendance Friday at the Gold Jacket Dinner or at the induction were Elway, running back Terrell Davis, tight end Shannon Sharpe, running back Floyd Little and offensive lineman Gary Zimmerman. Ryan O'halloran, The Denver Post, "Broncos owner Pat Bowlen officially joins Pro Football Hall of Fame," 3 Aug. 2019

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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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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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