noun, often attributive
\ ˈgōld How to pronounce gold (audio) \

Definition of gold

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a yellow metallic element that occurs naturally in pure form and is used especially in coins, jewelry, and electronics — 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

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Examples of gold in a Sentence

Noun diamonds in a setting of 24-karat gold What is the price of gold?
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun And finally, one cook’s scraps are another’s liquid gold. Remy Tumin, New York Times, "Coronavirus, Iraq, Pi Day: Your Friday Evening Briefing," 13 Mar. 2020 Victories went to Ben Ogden of Vermont — a member of the U.S. men’s gold-medal relay team at the recent World Junior Championships — and Evelina Pippo of Denver. Anchorage Daily News, "4 UAA skiers claim All-America honors before NCAA calls off national championships," 13 Mar. 2020 He will be replaced by federation vice president Cindy Parlow Cone, 41, who won a World Cup and two Olympic gold medals playing for the women’s national team. Kevin Baxter, Los Angeles Times, "U.S. Soccer president resigns amid uproar over gender discrimination suit," 12 Mar. 2020 Analysis: Chrome’s gold medal performance on Basemark (just ahead of Edge), isn’t surprising, considering the number of web apps Google makes. David Nield, Popular Science, "Some browsers are better for your laptop than others," 9 Mar. 2020 The 2014 was a gold medal winner in a recent Houston’s Rodeo Uncorked International Wine Competition among 3,300 wines. Alfonso Cevola, Dallas News, "Dallas wine master launches a family line of big, bold cabernet in Napa Valley," 9 Mar. 2020 Perhaps the most notable anomaly of the latest selloff has been gold, which had been enjoying a strong year. Mike Bird, WSJ, "Coronavirus Selloff Reveals the Hidden Mechanics of Financial Markets," 3 Mar. 2020 Courtesy: Enda Kenyan runners are known worldwide for winning gold medals and breaking world records. Neha Wadekar, Quartz Africa, "Kenya has world-class runners but investors have been hesitant to back locally-made running shoes," 17 Feb. 2020 However, the Cats moment also proved to be Internet gold, with Wilson and Corden providing quite the visual spectacle for Oscars viewers. Cady Lang, Time, "Someone Ingeniously Made a Meme Out of Idina Menzel's Reaction to Eminem and the Cats on Stage at the 2020 Oscars," 10 Feb. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Instead of wearing their normal maroon with gold trim, full back Case Hatch, lineman Dohnovan West, wide receiver Ricky Pearsall and running back DeaMonte Trayanum were in maroon with white trim and white stripes on the sleeves. Michelle Gardner, azcentral, "ASU football team wraps up last practice before school break; defensive line play stands out," 6 Mar. 2020 The Victoria's Secret Angel rocked a pair of white pants with a matching bikini top for the event, accessorizing her outfit with gold jewelry. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Bella Hadid Just Hit the Beach in a Seriously Revealing One-Piece Swimsuit," 9 Dec. 2019 Rural Indians are far more inclined to buy gold jewelry than their urban counterparts, and tend to favor plain pieces that can easily be valued and traded in if money gets tight. Washington Post, "Golden Age Is Ending in India," 27 Oct. 2019 One body bore gold bracelets with designs of vipers, a gold triple-strand necklace and a parazonium, a triangular dagger sheathed in seashells, with an ivory hilt. New York Times, "Here Lies the Skull of Pliny the Elder, Maybe," 14 Feb. 2020 Former Olympic gymnast Shawn Johnson is in hot water online after some saw her parenting as less than gold medal-worthy. Alex Chaet, CNN, "Must-watch videos of the week," 7 Feb. 2020 The sleek black can with gold geometric lines has become a ubiquitous presence throughout Northern California. Esther Mobley,, "Results are in for The Chronicle’s Northern California Beer Hall of Fame class of 2020," 6 Feb. 2020 In the master bath, instead of one massive mirror, three mirrors with gold trim—two slim matching ones over each sink, and one large round one in the middle—put a vintage-glam twist on the standard bathroom vanity. Nena Farrell, Sunset Magazine, "An Earthy-Glam Remodel in Arizona Worth Drooling Over," 10 Feb. 2020 Burnside Brewing: The brewpub opened in a prime, close-in East Burnside Street spot in 2010 then struck gold two years later at the Great American Beer Festival. oregonlive, "The year in beer: Brutal closures, promising startups define a volatile 2019," 23 Dec. 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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The first known use of gold was before the 12th century

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“Gold.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Apr. 2020.

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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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