gold star


noun

a gold-colored star displayed, as on a service flag, to indicate that a member of one's family, organization, or the like, was killed in war as a member of the armed forces.
Informal.
  1. symbolic approval or recognition for outstanding merit or effort: You get the gold star for cooking such a gourmet dinner.
  2. anything that represents an outstanding effort or achievement: Her promotion was the gold star she'd been working for.

Nearby words

  1. gold record,
  2. gold reserve,
  3. gold rush,
  4. gold rush, california,
  5. gold standard,
  6. gold stick,
  7. gold therapy,
  8. gold tranche,
  9. gold, frankincense, and myrrh,
  10. gold, golden

Origin of gold star

An Americanism dating back to 1920–25

Related formsgold-star, adjective

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