platinum

noun, often attributive
plat·i·num | \ ˈplat-nəm , 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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All the very valuable minerals - gold, silver, platinum, rare minerals - are right on the surface, said Ross. Josh Rogin, star-telegram, "Will space be the next "big battleground"? | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 4 May 2018 But Groups 2-5 start to sound like a trip to the jewelry mart: platinum, emerald, sapphire, gold and ruby. Catharine Hamm, latimes.com, "Boarding an airplane is such a pain in the neck. Can the process be fixed?," 9 Apr. 2018 Ye released four multi-platinum albums between 2004 and 2009, three of which peaked at No. 1. Stereo Williams, Billboard, "Drake's 2018 Has Been Huge. But Is He the Biggest Rapper Ever?," 13 July 2018 In the nearly 30 years that Céline Dion has been an international superstar, the powerhouse vocalist has done her fair share of experimentation with hairstyles, from her naturally dark-brown curls to a platinum pixie cut. Marci Robin, Allure, "Celine Dion Looks Like a Different Person With Super-Blonde Bangs," 29 June 2018 He has been inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame during a recording career that includes many gold and platinum albums. Jerry Soifer, latimes.com, "100 years of the state track meet: from future Olympic heroes to Johnny Mathis, a tapestry of talent," 29 May 2018 The rings, both made by Cleave and Company, were a band of Welsh gold for Markle and a platinum band for Prince Harry. Raisa Bruner, Time, "All the Details About Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's Wedding Rings," 19 May 2018 But the platinum-selling group is also upping the ante on a musical level, using vignettes to help build a story into the show. Alan Sculley, kansascity, "Imagine Dragons: ‘Evolve’ show is ‘the most complicated production’ they’ve done," 11 July 2018 According to Kensington Palace, the English tiara, which features diamonds set in platinum, was made in 1932 and features a center detachable brooch made of ten diamonds dating back to 1893. Erin Hill, PEOPLE.com, "Newlywed Glow! Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Share Their Most Intimate Wedding Photo Yet," 21 May 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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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 \

Kids Definition of platinum

: a heavy grayish white metallic chemical element

platinum

noun
plat·i·num | \ ˈplat-nəm, -ᵊn-əm \

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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