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



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 The song reached No. 8 on the Billboard Hot 100 and is certified six times platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America. Ayana Archie, The Courier-Journal, 25 Nov. 2021 Mining exploration and investment in South Africa, the largest producer of platinum and rhodium and formerly the world’s top gold miner, have dwindled in recent years amid the regulatory uncertainty. Time, 23 Nov. 2021 Thirty-year-old Noki was the leader of the striking miners who were shot down by police at Lonmin’s Marikana platinum mine in 2012. Hedley Twidle, Harper's Magazine, 23 Nov. 2021 Police say although there are only small amounts of platinum, palladium and rhodium in catalytic converters, the metals provide thieves with a quick payday from a crime that can take less than a minute to commit. Brian L. Cox,, 22 Nov. 2021 The reimagined World's Fair necklace can be worn in an unexpected way: The wearer can carefully pop out the Empire Diamond and mount it onto a platinum ring, with the aid of a Tiffany jeweler who will be on call whenever that service is required. Parija Kavilanz, CNN, 22 Nov. 2021 Ring Bear, a year-old Washington outfit, offers a tasteful $699 platinum ring with barely perceptible ribbing on the edges. Jacob Gallagher, WSJ, 22 Nov. 2021 But Disney resumed the sales in September 2021 with new prices, restrictions and names, ditching the previous silver-gold-platinum names for annual pass levels. Dewayne Bevil,, 21 Nov. 2021 The converters, which are part of a car’s emissions system, contain precious metals such as platinum, palladium and rhodium. Susan Dunne,, 20 Nov. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Heavy Metal Entertainment has named multi-platinum musician, composer, and producer Tom Holkenborg, AKA Junkie XL, Heavy Metal’s first-ever Music Czar. Thania Garcia, Billboard, 29 Oct. 2021 As part of the multi-platinum selling band, the Spice Girls, Beckham has proven herself on the music stage as performer and has also been a firm fixture in the fashion world for over thirteen years. Kate Hardcastle, Forbes, 22 Oct. 2021 Stone rose to fame with her multi-platinum debut album The Soul Sessions and her follow-up Mind Body & Soul, which topped the UK charts. Dave Brooks, Billboard, 26 Oct. 2021 First and foremost, Britney Spears, a multi-platinum pop star and mother of two, is at the center of the drama. Los Angeles Times, 19 Aug. 2021 Those guys had multi-platinum records with other really talented musicians. Andy Greene, Rolling Stone, 24 Sep. 2021 After fans called on the VMAs with the hashtag #LetNormaniPerform to put the multi-platinum pop star on the performer lineup, the show finally delivered. Heran Mamo, Billboard, 9 Sep. 2021 Adkins is a multi-platinum selling artist with more than 11 million albums sold to date. Joe Otterson, Variety, 8 Sep. 2021 The Tripp at Knight Tour brings the multi-platinum Atlanta rapper to town with Iann Dior and Sofaygo. Ed Masley, The Arizona Republic, 2 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of platinum


1794, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1971, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for platinum


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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Dec. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of platinum

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


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

Kids Definition of platinum

: a heavy grayish white metallic chemical element


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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