American English

Definition of gold noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1  [uncountable] (symbol Au) a chemical element. Gold is a yellow precious metal used for making coins, jewelry, decorative objects, etc. a gold bracelet/ring/watch, etc. 18-karat gold the country's gold reserves made of solid/pure gold see also fool's gold
  2. 2[uncountable] money, jewelry, etc. that is made of gold His wife was dripping with (= wearing a lot of) gold.
  3. 3[uncountable, countable] the color of gold I love the reds and golds of the fall.
  4. 4[uncountable, countable] = gold medal The team look set to win Olympic gold. He won three golds and a bronze.
  5. Idioms
    all that glitters is not gold (saying)
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    not everything that seems good, attractive, etc. is actually good, etc.
    a crock/pot of gold
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    a large prize or reward that someone hopes for but is unlikely to get
    (as) good as gold (informal)
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    behaving in a way that other people approve of The kids have been as good as gold all day.
    have a heart of gold
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    to be a very kind person
    the streets are paved with gold (saying)
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    used to say that it seems easy to make money in a place
    strike gold
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    to find or do something that brings you a lot of success or money He has struck gold with his latest novel.
    worth your/its weight in gold
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    very useful or valuable A good mechanic is worth his weight in gold.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: gold