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

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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Perhaps the hair was a nod to Festival headliner Mary J. Blige, or just Braxton in the mood to go platinum (no pun intended). Shalwah Evans, Essence, "Tamar Braxton’s Essence Festival Performance Hair Is A Platinum Dream," 6 July 2019 Also, multi-platinum recording artist Anuel AA and hip-hop performer Quavo have been added to the game. Marc Bona, cleveland.com, "All-Star Celebrity Softball game rosters set, uniforms unveiled," 3 July 2019 John Legend, the acclaimed platinum-selling singer-songwriter and Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame inductee, was the featured performer for the evening that culminated in an exciting and colorful fireworks show. Jane Napier Neely, latimes.com, "The Valley Line: Flintridge Riding Club hosts June chamber of commerce mixer under the oaks," 1 July 2019 Barbie Musgraves accented the look even further with a feather boa and a beauty transformation, going platinum from her natural brunette to suit her character's signature shade of blonde. Carrie Goldberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kacey Musgraves Is a Literal Barbie Doll on the Met Gala Red Carpet," 7 May 2019 The platinum-selling rapper has had a golden touch as an early-stage investor, putting his money into companies like Maker Studios, Ring and Cruise, which have since been acquired by Disney, Amazon.com and General Motors, respectively. ... Spencer Jakab, WSJ, "Ridin’ Dirty All the Way to the Bank," 2 Apr. 2019 The company, which Martini co-founded with Doug Neumann, claims over 4 billion streams and multiple gold and platinum certifications. Chris Eggertsen, Billboard, "Hip-Hop Label Commission Records Enters New Partnership With Big Noise," 12 June 2019 The collision also created heavy elements such as gold, platinum and lead, scattering them across the universe in a kilonova — similar to a supernova — after the initial fireball. Cnn.com Wire Service, The Mercury News, "NASA captures stunning photo of the entire sky in X-ray," 3 June 2019 These elements include a small amount of our heavy metals like gold and platinum, radioactive elements like uranium, and other heavy elements like iodine. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Two Neutron Stars Exploded in Our Cosmic Backyard Billions of Years Ago," 3 May 2019

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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