the gold standard


: a system in which a unit of money (such as the dollar) is equal to a particular amount of gold
The United States was still on the gold standard in the early 20th century.
: something that is considered to be the best and that is used to judge the quality or level of other, similar things
This car is the gold standard for luxury automobiles.
the gold standard of stylish resorts

Examples of the gold standard in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Magnetometers and thermal scanners, which identify mines by identifying the metal amidst the organic material, were once the gold standard for mine identification. Justin Ling, WIRED, 19 Feb. 2024 Whey in particular has long been considered the gold standard of protein powders, Ehsani says. Jenny McCoy, Glamour, 2 Feb. 2024 Clive Davis’ pre-Grammy gala is the gold standard, and artists from Frank Sinatra to Prince to Adele have probably thrown stellar private bashes over the years. Jem Aswad, Variety, 1 Feb. 2024 Calibrated and tested against the gold standard of spectrophotometry, the new strategy offers nearly the same level of accuracy with far less work. Lauren Leffer, Scientific American, 23 Jan. 2024 Due to a quirk of regulatory design, the NTSB has the gold standard of crash investigation capabilities but no power to to do more than make recommendations based on its findings. Ed Niedermeyer, Rolling Stone, 17 Dec. 2023 Wool seems to be the gold standard among hiking socks, but most wool socks still contain some synthetic fibers blended into the material. Meg Carney, Field & Stream, 4 Jan. 2024 It’s been the gold standard for a sound spending limit ever since. Vance Ginn, National Review, 22 Dec. 2023 Merino is the gold standard for outdoor wear, offering unparalleled heat retention and thermoregulation while also wicking moisture and resisting odor. Jessica MacDonald, Travel + Leisure, 8 Dec. 2023 See More

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“The gold standard.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Feb. 2024.

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