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

n 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

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

n coins made of gold

Type of:
precious metal
any of the less common and valuable metals often used to make coins or jewelry

n great wealth

“"Whilst that for which all virtue now is sold, and almost every vice--almighty gold"--Ben Jonson”
Type of:
riches, wealth
an abundance of material possessions and resources

n 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
Type of:
invaluableness, preciousness, pricelessness, valuableness
the positive quality of being precious and beyond value

n a deep yellow color

“he admired the gold of her hair”
Type of:
yellow, yellowness
yellow color or pigment; the chromatic color resembling the hue of sunflowers or ripe lemons

adj made from or covered with gold

gold coins”
“the gold dome of the Capitol”
gilded, golden
metal, metallic
containing or made of or resembling or characteristic of a metal

adj having the deep slightly brownish color of gold

“a gold carpet”
aureate, gilded, gilt, golden
being or having or characterized by hue

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