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

True, Kaiser Wilhelm had neither platinum hair nor a basketball-colored complexion, but much work and wax clearly went into the rigid upward curl of his mustache. Joseph Epstein, WSJ, "The Curious Parallels Between Trump and Kaiser Wilhelm II," 22 Oct. 2018 Some stars have a signature: platinum hair, a high ponytail, or maybe a scarlet red lip. Wendy Sy, Allure, "Cardi B’s Best Hair and Makeup Looks," 17 Oct. 2018 The tiara is made of brilliant and rose cut diamonds pavé set in platinum, with six emeralds on either side. Carrie Goldberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "All the Details You Missed About Princess Eugenie's Bridal Look," 12 Oct. 2018 And perhaps even more famous than her character's name is her long platinum blond hair. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "Emilia Clarke Says 'Game of Thrones' Nearly Ruined Her Hair," 4 Sep. 2018 Daphne Martin had twisted her platinum hair up at work and secured it with an ink pen. Michelle Gant, Fox News, "Canada bride's hair dyed blue after pen explodes days before wedding," 20 Aug. 2018 As chic as platinum hair looks, going from a darker shade to light blonde could stand between you and your longest-possible hair. Blake Bakkila, Good Housekeeping, "13 Ways to Make Your Hair Grow Faster," 16 Aug. 2018 The moody, stylized music video shows off Aguilera in minimal makeup and slicked-back platinum hair — a departure from her previous mode of full-on glamor. Raisa Bruner, Time, "Christina Aguilera Is Back With a New Rap-Forward Single," 3 May 2018 Just as platinum is a rare precious metal, Carol Rogers was one of those rare, truly precious people. Lynn Petrak, chicagotribune.com, "Petrak: A 25th anniversary and a 'mom' sighting remind 'every breath's a gift'," 3 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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