- 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.
- symbolic approval or recognition for outstanding merit or effort: You get the gold star for cooking such a gourmet dinner.
- anything that represents an outstanding effort or achievement: Her promotion was the gold star she'd been working for.
Origin of gold star
An Americanism dating back to 1920–25
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Examples from the Web for gold star
Contemporary Examples of gold star
I think his inauguration is a gold-star day in the annals of American history.Downhill After His Election
January 19, 2010