Definition of gold noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ɡəʊld//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɡoʊld//
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  1. 1   [uncountable] (symbol Au) a chemical element. Gold is a yellow precious metal used for making coins, jewellery, decorative objects, etc. a gold bracelet/ring/watch, etc. 18-carat gold the country’s gold reserves made of solid/pure gold see also fool’s gold
  2. 2[uncountable] money, jewellery, etc. that is made of gold His wife was dripping with (= wearing a lot of) gold. See related entries: Jewellery
  3. 3  [uncountable, countable] the colour of gold I love the reds and golds of autumn.
  4. 4[uncountable, countable] = gold medal The team look set to win Olympic gold. He won three golds and a bronze.
  5. Word OriginOld English, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch goud and German Gold, from an Indo-European root shared by yellow.Extra examples He spent weeks panning for gold in the river. In the afternoon he struck a rich vein of gold. She got a gold in the long jump. She’s going for gold this time. The currency was tied to the gold standard. The rubies were set in 18-carat gold. a gold rush town falling government gold stocksIdioms
    all that glitters/glistens is not gold
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    (saying) not everything that seems good, attractive, etc. is actually good, etc.
    a large prize or reward that somebody hopes for but is unlikely to get (informal) behaving in a way that other people approve of The kids have been as good as gold all day. More Like ThisSimiles in idioms (as) bald as a coot, (as) blind as a bat, (as) bright as a button, (as) bold as brass, as busy as a bee, as clean as a whistle, (as) dead as a/​the dodo, (as) deaf as a post, (as) dull as ditchwater, (as) fit as a fiddle, as flat as a pancake, (as) good as gold, (as) mad as a hatter/​a March hare, (as) miserable/​ugly as sin, as old as the hills, (as) pleased as Punch, as pretty as a picture, (as) regular as clockwork, (as) quick as a flash, (as) safe as houses, (as) sound as a bell, (as) steady as a rock, (as) thick as two short planks, (as) tough as old bootsSee worksheet. to be a very kind person See related entries: Kind
    the streets are paved with gold
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    (saying) used to say that it seems easy to make money in a place
    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 American Dictionary entry: gold