gold star

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noun
  1. 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.
  2. 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.

Origin of gold star

An Americanism dating back to 1920–25
Related formsgold-star, adjective
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Contemporary Examples of gold star

  • I think his inauguration is a gold-star day in the annals of American history.

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    Downhill After His Election

    Douglas Brinkley

    January 19, 2010

Historical Examples of gold star