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

Examples of platinum in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Brocade bracelet with peridot, coral, and turquoise beads, cabochon coral, diamonds, 18-karat gold, and platinum, $93,000. Parker Bowie Larson, ELLE Decor, "David Webb Conjures Up Bejeweled Bracelets Woven from Gems, Pearls, and Gold," 1 Sep. 2019 Ruthenium is a transition metal, similar to platinum, that is used in electronics, solar cells, and some jewelry. Wired, "A Strange Radioactive Cloud Likely Came From Russia," 15 Aug. 2019 Sponsorship levels are priced per table at $750 (bronze), $1,000 (silver), $1,500 (gold) and $2,500 (platinum). Jack Marrion, Houston Chronicle, "Strake Jesuit’s Blackwell, Heights’ Lavallais, Lamar’s Tisdale recognized by Touchdown Club," 12 Aug. 2019 The song was certified five times platinum in the United States and ended up being No. Tomás Mier, PEOPLE.com, "Nelly, TLC and Flo Rida Share Confessions Before Hitting the Road Together on Summer Tour," 28 June 2019 As well as gold, the mysterious object is loaded with heaps of platinum, iron and nickel. Fox News, "NASA headed towards giant golden asteroid that could make everyone on Earth a billionaire," 27 June 2019 For top-level acts like Dutch DJ/producer Oliver Heldens, or multi-platinum, L.A.-based crossover trio Cheat Codes, festivals offer green room reunions with famous friends, and paychecks with lots of zeroes on the end. Allison Stewart, chicagotribune.com, "Spring Awakening is here, and so are all the cool kids, from superstars to fast-rising locals," 4 June 2019 Ronstadt won 10 Grammys, regularly sold out massive arenas and had 11 platinum-selling albums. Kenneth Turan, Detroit Free Press, "Linda Ronstadt documentary packs an emotional punch," 12 Sep. 2019 Ronstadt won 10 Grammys, regularly sold out massive arenas and had 11 platinum-selling albums. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Review: ‘Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice’ stirs the soul," 12 Sep. 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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19 Oct 2019

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The first known use of platinum was in 1794

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platinum

noun
How to pronounce platinum (audio)

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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