Origin of platinum
Examples from the Web for platinum
He also earned a Grammy and platinum record for “Up Where We Belong.”The Greatest Rock Voice of All Time Belonged to Joe Cocker|Ted Gioia|December 23, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Delta is a Platinum Global Partner, ranking them among the highest-level contributors to the association.
A platinum plan pays 90 percent of costs; gold plans pay 80 percent; silver plans pay 70 percent; bronze pay 60 percent.
For platinum, gold, or other more generous plans, the premiums (or amount you pay up front) will be more expensive.
She arrived in court the next day wearing a platinum blonde wig, as if Cousin It had dressed as Malibu Barbie for Halloween.The Amanda Bynes Train Wreck Is Back Again, Following a New DUI Arrest|Kevin Fallon|September 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Platinum is more likely to attain importance as a product in this than in any other part of North America.On Canada's Frontier|Julian Ralph
The latter metal, associated with platinum and iridium, has been found in South America.
She was coldly staring at Harris through a platinum lorgnon.The Innocents|Sinclair Lewis
The handle of this spoon is likewise of platinum, and should fit into a piece of cork, or be held with the forceps.
Often I found myself buttoning gloves, untangling knots in platinum chains, and fastening hooks.The Fifth Wheel|Olive Higgins Prouty
British Dictionary definitions for platinum
- a medium to light grey colour
- (as adjective)a platinum carpet
Word Origin for platinum
Word Origin and History for platinum
metallic element, 1812, Modern Latin, from Spanish platina "platinum," diminutive of plata "silver," from Old French plate or Old Provençal plata "sheet of metal" (see plate (n.)). The metal looks like silver, and the Spaniards at first thought it an inferior sort of silver, hence the name platina. It was first obtained from Spanish colonies in Mexico and Colombia, brought to Europe in 1735, and identified as an element 1741. Taken into English as platina (c.1750), it took its modern form (with element ending -ium) in 1812, at the time the names of elements were being regularized. As a shade of blond hair, attested from 1931. As a designation for a recording that has sold at least one million copies, it is attested from 1971.