Definition of the gold standard
- The United States was still on the gold standard in the early 20th century.
- This car is the gold standard for luxury automobiles.
- the gold standard of stylish resorts
: a yellow malleable ductile metallic element that occurs chiefly free or in a few minerals and is used especially in coins, jewelry, and dentures — see Chemical Elements Table
: gold coins
: a gold piece
: qualifying for a gold record
: a conspicuous object (such as a banner) formerly carried at the top of a pole and used to mark a rallying point especially in battle or to serve as an emblem
: a long narrow tapering flag that is personal to an individual or corporation and bears heraldic devices
: the personal flag of the head of a state or of a member of a royal family
: constituting or conforming to a standard especially as established by law or custom
: sound and usable but not of top quality
: regularly and widely used, available, or supplied
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