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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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Uber Pro divides drivers into four categories: partner, gold, platinum, and diamond. Andrew J. Hawkins, The Verge, "Uber will start rewarding high-performing drivers with better earnings and free college tuition," 1 Nov. 2018 While more expensive jewelry might be made of silver, gold, or platinum, cheaper alternatives can be formed from metals like nickel, which can cause allergic reactions, lead, or cadmium. Eliza Brooke, Vox, "Why cadmium, a metal that can cause kidney and bone damage, is still used in jewelry," 12 Oct. 2018 The case comes in King Gold, a unique alloy of gold and platinum developed by Hublot. Matt Hranek, Condé Nast Traveler, "Time and Place: Hublot in Brooklyn," 26 Sep. 2018 Markle’s silk Givenchy wedding dress and 16-foot veil, as well as the diamond-and-platinum tiara loaned to her by Queen Elizabeth II, will be on display. Zoe Szathmary, Fox News, "Meghan Markle's Stella McCartney reception dress won't be part of royal wedding exhibit, report says," 30 Aug. 2018 The latest iteration of the super-affordable shimmer coming in traditional powder highlighting bars — specifically four metallic shimmer bricks in bronze, rose gold, gold, and platinum. Macaela Mackenzie, Allure, "Wet n Wild Just Dropped New MegaGlo Highlighting Bars at Walgreens," 28 Aug. 2018 Inspired by Patron's Margarita of the Year cocktail, DelaCruz's rose petal donut is filled with cream and a spicy ginger-jalapeno margarita jelly, covered in a sweet tequila frosting, and then topped off with sheets of edible silver and platinum. Devin Alessio, ELLE Decor, "This Is What A $150 Donut Tastes Like," 29 Apr. 2016 That may be why platinum hair holds special significance among Asian women, who historically have been stereotyped as quiet and obedient. Deanna Pai, Glamour, "'Cool Blond Asians' Are Giving Me an Identity Crisis," 4 May 2018 The bandeau, which is made of diamonds and platinum, is formed as a flexible band of 11 sections, pierced with interlaced ovals and pavé set with large and small brilliant diamonds. Stephanie Petit, PEOPLE.com, "Meghan Markle's 16-Foot Wedding Veil Has a Surprise Connection to the Commonwealth," 19 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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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 \

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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