noun, often attributive
\ ˈgōld \

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

The Duchess of Sussex has previously worn Diana's aquamarine cocktail ring and a pair of gold butterfly earrings. Maggie Maloney, Town & Country, "Kate Middleton Wore Princess Diana's Sapphire Earrings in Scotland," 29 Jan. 2019 This maroon and gold number, that Godric Gryffindor wouldn't even touch. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "13 Prom Dress Fails That'll Make You Cry Sympathy Tears," 25 Jan. 2019 Show your hometown pride with a gold football accent nail to celebrate the big game. Marci Robin, Good Housekeeping, "13 Best Nail Art Ideas for Super Bowl LIII," 22 Jan. 2019 Of course, this isn’t the first time that Hailey has gone rose gold. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "Hailey Bieber Steps Out With Light Pink Hair," 13 Jan. 2019 Fingers crossed that the mutants can strike gold again with The New Mutants. Darren Orf, Popular Mechanics, "The 2019 Sci-Fi Film Guide," 3 Jan. 2019 Next came the European explorers (the Dutchman Abel Tasman in 1646, the Englishman James Cook in 1769, and the Frenchman Marc-Joseph Marion du Fresne in 1772), followed by missionaries, whalers, sealers, loggers, gold prospectors. Klara Glowczewska, Town & Country, "We Should All Just Move to New Zealand," 17 Jan. 2019 And as far as aesthetics go, the candles are packaged in a brand-new design with white glass and a gold lid to give it a sleeker look. Brittney Morgan, House Beautiful, "Yankee Candle's First-Ever Scent Of The Year Is Here, And It’s So Refreshing," 16 Jan. 2019 But even after the latest tie-ups, gold mining remains fragmented. Nathaniel Taplin, WSJ, "Bigger Gold Companies Still Aren’t Glitterati," 15 Jan. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Try the Brass Belly Pewter wallpaper in a bedroom with gold accents, or even on the wall of a bathroom for a mermaid-esque shimmer. Maya Mcdowell, House Beautiful, "This Removable Wallpaper Looks Like 3-D Mermaid Scales On Your Wall," 31 Jan. 2019 Last year, Kate surprised fans in a gorgeous red and green plaid coat with gold buttons and a furry black hat. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "Meghan Markle Wore Head-to-Toe Navy at the Christmas Day Church Service With the Royal Family," 25 Dec. 2018 In another truly stunning image, the musician dons a lavender blouse and pants, topped with a pale gray suit coat, wears a gold crown of leaves in his tousled hair, and carries a tiny piglet in one arm. Andrea Park, Teen Vogue, "Harry Styles Hung Out With Lambs and Piglets in New Gucci Campaign," 18 Sep. 2018 Getty Images In the Very Adorable Couple Olympics, Joe Jonas and Sophie Turner would definitely be gold medalists. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Sophie Turner Reacts Adorably to Joe Jonas Secretly Instagramming Her," 25 Nov. 2018 Evgenia Medvedeva, 18, a two-time world skating champion and a gold medal favorite in the women’s singles competition next week, won the short program in Sunday’s team competition. JerÉ Longman, New York Times, "Russian Figure Skaters Dominate Despite Olympic Ban," 11 Feb. 2018 Generations of gold prospectors—from the age of Conquistadors to today—have flocked to Colombia in search of riches. Diana Budds, Curbed, "The most bizarre and brilliant projects from a Dutch design fair," 5 Nov. 2018 In the pic, which was taken by Wells, Sarah wears a 1970s-inspired gold chain-mail-esque bikini with a gold body chain, oversized hoop earrings, and trendy round sunglasses. Andrea Park, Teen Vogue, "Sarah Hyland's Boyfriend, Wells Adams, Defends Her From Body-Shaming Trolls Yet Again," 22 Oct. 2018 The crib is round, with white and gold accents, complete with white sheets with gold polka dots. Temi Adebowale, House Beautiful, "You Need to See The Insane Crib Cardi B Got for Her Baby's Nursery," 18 July 2018

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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 \

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 \

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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