[ gohld ]
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  1. a precious yellow metallic element, highly malleable and ductile, and not subject to oxidation or corrosion. Symbol: Au; atomic weight: 196.967; atomic number: 79; specific gravity: 19.3 at 20°C.

  2. a quantity of gold coins: to pay in gold.

  1. a monetary standard based on this metal; gold standard.

  2. something likened to this metal in brightness, preciousness, superiority, etc.: a heart of gold.

  3. a bright, metallic yellow color, sometimes tending toward brown.

  4. Gold, Military. the code name for one of the five D-day invasion beaches, assaulted by British troops.

  1. consisting of gold.

  2. pertaining to gold.

  1. like gold.

  2. of the color of gold.

  3. indicating the fiftieth event of a series, as a wedding anniversary.

  4. (of an audio recording) having sold a minimum of 500,000 copies.

Idioms about gold

  1. go gold,

    • (of an audio recording) to attain sales of 500,000 copies or more.

    • (of a video game) to complete the development cycle from production through quality assurance testing and enter the sales and shipping cycle: The game went gold in November and was on store shelves for the holiday season.

Origin of gold

First recorded before 900; Middle English, Old English; cognate with German Gold, Gothic gulth; akin to Persian zar, Russian zóloto, Sanskrit híraṇya; cf. yellow

Other words from gold

  • non·gold, noun, adjective

Other definitions for Gold (2 of 3)

[ gohld, gawld ]


Other definitions for Gold (3 of 3)

[ gohld ]

  1. Herbert, born 1924, U.S. novelist and short-story writer.

  2. Thomas, 1920–2004, U.S. astronomer, born in Austria: formulated the steady-state theory of the universe. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use gold in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for gold (1 of 2)


/ (ɡəʊld) /

    • a dense inert bright yellow element that is the most malleable and ductile metal, occurring in rocks and alluvial deposits: used as a monetary standard and in jewellery, dentistry, and plating. The radioisotope gold-198 (radiogold), with a half-life of 2.69 days, is used in radiotherapy. Symbol: Au; atomic no: 79; atomic wt: 196.96654; valency: 1 or 3; relative density: 19.3; melting pt: 1064.43°C; boiling pt: 2857°C: Related adjectives: aurous, auric

    • (as modifier): a gold mine

  1. a coin or coins made of this metal

  1. money; wealth

  2. something precious, beautiful, etc, such as a noble nature (esp in the phrase heart of gold)

    • a deep yellow colour, sometimes with a brownish tinge

    • (as adjective): a gold carpet

  3. archery the bull's eye of a target, scoring nine points

  4. short for gold medal

Origin of gold

Old English gold; related to Old Norse gull, Gothic gulth, Old High German gold

British Dictionary definitions for Gold (2 of 2)


/ (ɡəʊld) /

  1. Thomas. 1920–2004, Austrian-born astronomer, working in England and the US: with Bondi and Hoyle he proposed the steady-state theory of the universe

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Scientific definitions for gold


[ gōld ]

  1. A soft, shiny, yellow element that is the most malleable of all the metals. It occurs in veins and in alluvial deposits. Because it is very durable, resistant to corrosion, and a good conductor of heat and electricity, gold is used as a plated coating on electrical and mechanical components. It is also an international monetary standard and is used in jewelry and for decoration. Atomic number 79; atomic weight 196.967; melting point 1,063.0°C; boiling point 2,966.0°C; specific gravity 19.32; valence 1, 3. See Periodic Table. See Note at element.

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