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noun
  1. a monetary system with gold of specified weight and fineness as the unit of value.
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Origin of gold standard

An Americanism dating back to 1825–35
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Examples from the Web for gold standard

Historical Examples

  • It is time to expose the preposterous assurance of the gold-standard pundits.

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  • It's a great thing to be a citizen of a gold-standard nation, ain't it?'

  • Such a movement is fully in harmony with the opinions of the gold-standard advocates for the past twenty years.

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  • Mr. Cleveland may well be deified in the gold-standard cult, for clearly he has been the arch-enemy of bimetallism.

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  • Shrunken to the dreary platitudes of the gold-standard catechism, babbling of “sound currency” and “intrinsic value.”

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British Dictionary definitions for gold standard

gold standard

noun
  1. a monetary system in which the unit of currency is defined with reference to gold
  2. the supreme example of something against which others are judged or measuredthe current gold standard for breast cancer detection
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gold standard in Culture

gold standard

A system in which a nation's currency has a value measured in gold and can be exchanged for gold. Most nations, including the United States, went off the gold standard in the 1930s.

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