platinum

noun, often attributive
plat·​i·​num | \ ˈplat-nəm How to pronounce platinum (audio) , ˈpla-tə-nəm\

Definition of platinum

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a precious grayish-white noncorroding ductile malleable heavy metallic element that fuses with difficulty and is used especially in chemical ware and apparatus, as a catalyst, and in dental and jewelry alloys — see Chemical Elements Table
2 : a moderate gray

platinum

adjective

Definition of platinum (Entry 2 of 2)

: qualifying for a platinum record
go platinum
: to have enough sales to qualify for a platinum record

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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Drake finally released his highly anticipated and already certified platinum album Scorpion on Friday (June 29). Alessandra Rincón, Billboard, "Check Out the Full Credits to Drake's 'Scorpion' Album," 29 June 2018 The rainbow hair may come and go, but for our queen, platinum is forever. Roberta Gorin-paracka, Teen Vogue, "Lady Gaga's Colorist Patti Song on Achieving Her Signature Blonde Hair," 29 Dec. 2018 While platinum is rather pricey, the thin sheets provide extremely low resistance. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Memristors built with 2-nanometer-thick parts," 14 Nov. 2018 Drivers that achieve platinum and diamond status qualify for increases of 3 percent and 6 percent, respectively, on time and distance rates. Andrew J. Hawkins, The Verge, "Uber will start rewarding high-performing drivers with better earnings and free college tuition," 1 Nov. 2018 According to the Telegraph, it's made from platinum and features a 93.70-carat center emerald surrounded by six smaller stones, and dates back to 1919. Ana Colón, Glamour, "You Have to See Princess Eugenie of York's Peter Pilotto and Christopher De Vos Royal Wedding Dress," 12 Oct. 2018 Ozuna receives platinum and gold certifications Jan Carlos Ozuna’s career has been unstoppable, and Sony Music Colombia has recognized the 26-year-old singer's success with multiple certifications in the South American country. Suzette Fernandez, Billboard, "This Week in Latin Notas: Ozuna's Songs Are Certified in Colombia, Maluma Launches Online Store & More," 11 July 2018 The song went platinum and spent 21 weeks on Billboard’s Hot 100 singles chart. Sonaiya Kelley, latimes.com, "Brent Faiyaz on Sonder's origins, album 'Sonder Son' and why he only spent 20 minutes at the Grammys," 4 Apr. 2018 Colman wore a green and black gown to the Oscars: Weisz wore a red gown by Givenchy to the award show with gorgeous platinum and diamond Cartier Collection brooches worn as a headpiece. Maggie Maloney, Town & Country, "The Cast of The Favourite Has Arrived at the 2019 Oscars," 25 Feb. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Earlier this month, for the Maison Margiela show at Couture Fashion Week, a thick layer of gold glitter was painted all over the model's head, making her brunette locks look platinum blonde. Andrea Park, Allure, "Bella Hadid Cut Her Hair Into a Bob," 17 July 2017 Earlier this month, for the Maison Margiela show at Couture Fashion Week, a thick layer of gold glitter was painted all over the model's head, making her brunette locks look platinum blonde. Andrea Park, Teen Vogue, "Bella Hadid Just Cut Her Hair Even Shorter," 17 July 2017

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First Known Use of platinum

Noun

1794, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

1971, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for platinum

Noun

New Latin, from Spanish platina, from diminutive of plata silver — more at plate

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platinum

noun

English Language Learners Definition of platinum

: a heavy, silver-colored metal that is difficult to melt and that is used especially in expensive jewelry

platinum

noun
plat·​i·​num | \ ˈpla-tə-nəm How to pronounce platinum (audio) \

Kids Definition of platinum

: a heavy grayish white metallic chemical element

platinum

noun
plat·​i·​num | \ ˈplat-nəm, -ᵊn-əm How to pronounce platinum (audio) \

Medical Definition of platinum

: a heavy precious grayish white noncorroding ductile malleable metallic element that fuses with difficulty and is used especially in chemical ware and apparatus, as a catalyst, and in dental and jewelry alloys symbol Pt — see Chemical Elements Table

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