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

Examples of platinum in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Hotel California is one of the best-selling albums of all time and was recently certified 26x platinum by the RIAA. Taylor Mims, Billboard, "The Eagles Announce Third 'Hotel California' Show in Las Vegas," 5 June 2019 Since Kylie said there was no black hair tonight, does that mean the rest of the fam is going platinum too? Abby Gardner, Glamour, "Kris Jenner Went Blond for the Met Gala Because Kylie Made Her," 6 May 2019 Like Meghan’s haute couture gown, this is the first time the diamond-and-platinum tiara will go on public display. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "Here’s How You Can See Meghan, Duchess of Sussex’s Wedding Dress Up Close," 29 Aug. 2018 Lines are hard to manage and, more importantly, more money can be made by giving the rich access first, through, say, pre-sales with their platinum cards, ’cause the rich didn't get rich by standing in line. Chris Jones, chicagotribune.com, "For the first time, the Cubs are offering a cheap-seat lottery at Wrigley. It’s a smokescreen.," 5 Apr. 2018 And, since platinum is more valuable than gold, the sweets are going for $150 a pop, and all proceeds go to the American Cancer Society. Devin Alessio, ELLE Decor, "This Is What A $150 Donut Tastes Like," 29 Apr. 2016 At Sunday night's Grammys, Cardi B became the first woman to win Best Rap Album for her double-platinum, critically-beloved debut, Invasion of Privacy, notably beating Travis Scott, Pusha T, Nipsey Hussle, and the late Mac Miller. Michelle Ruiz, Vogue, "Can We Please Just Let Cardi B Live?," 12 Feb. 2019 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

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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The first known use of platinum was in 1794

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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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