Gold is a relatively soft, shiny precious metal. Many kinds of jewelry, including necklaces, bangles, and wedding rings are traditionally made of gold.

The element itself is called gold, and it's used to make valuable jewels, coins, and as a standard for currency trading. You can also use the word to describe the color, a shiny metallic deep yellow, or to describe things made from the metal: "Check out my new gold earrings!" Gold is an Old English word that shares a Proto-Indo-European root with the word "yellow:" ghel-, which means "yellow or green," and possibly "bright."

Definitions of gold
  1. noun
    a soft yellow malleable ductile (trivalent and univalent) metallic element; occurs mainly as nuggets in rocks and alluvial deposits; does not react with most chemicals but is attacked by chlorine and aqua regia
    synonyms: Au, atomic number 79
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    24-karat gold, pure gold
    100 per cent gold
    gold dust
    the particles and flakes (and sometimes small nuggets) of gold obtained in placer mining
    green gold
    a gold alloy (at least 14 karat gold with silver or silver and cadmium) that has a green appearance
    guinea gold
    22-karat gold from which guinea coins were made
    type of:
    noble metal
    any metal that is resistant to corrosion or oxidation
  2. noun
    coins made of gold
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    precious metal
    any of the less common and valuable metals often used to make coins or jewelry
  3. noun
    great wealth
    “"Whilst that for which all virtue now is sold, and almost every vice--almighty gold"--Ben Jonson”
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    type of:
    riches, wealth
    an abundance of material possessions and resources
  4. noun
    something likened to the metal in brightness or preciousness or superiority etc.
    “the child was as good as gold
    “she has a heart of gold
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    invaluableness, preciousness, pricelessness, valuableness
    the positive quality of being precious and beyond value
  5. noun
    a deep yellow color
    “he admired the gold of her hair”
    synonyms: amber
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    type of:
    yellow, yellowness
    yellow color or pigment; the chromatic color resembling the hue of sunflowers or ripe lemons
  6. adjective
    made from or covered with gold
    gold coins”
    “the gold dome of the Capitol”
    synonyms: gilded, golden
    metal, metallic
    containing or made of or resembling or characteristic of a metal
  7. adjective
    having the deep slightly brownish color of gold
    “a gold carpet”
    synonyms: aureate, gilded, gilt, golden
    being or having or characterized by hue
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