What does gold mean?

Definitions for goldgoʊld

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word gold.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. gold(noun)

    coins made of gold

  2. amber, gold(noun)

    a deep yellow color

    "an amber light illuminated the room"; "he admired the gold of her hair"

  3. gold, Au, atomic number 79(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

  4. gold(noun)

    great wealth

    "Whilst that for which all virtue now is sold, and almost every vice--almighty gold"--Ben Jonson

  5. gold(adj)

    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"

  6. gold, golden, gilded(adj)

    made from or covered with gold

    "gold coins"; "the gold dome of the Capitol"; "the golden calf"; "gilded icons"

  7. aureate, gilded, gilt, gold, golden(adj)

    having the deep slightly brownish color of gold

    "long aureate (or golden) hair"; "a gold carpet"


  1. gold(Noun)

    A heavy yellow elemental metal of great value, with atomic number 79 and symbol Au.

  2. gold(Noun)

    A coin made of this material, or supposedly so.

  3. gold(Noun)

    The bullseye of an archery target.

  4. gold(Noun)

    A gold medal.

    France has won three golds and five silvers.

  5. gold(Noun)

    Anything or anyone considered to be very valuable.

  6. gold(Verb)

    To pyrolyze or burn food until the color begins to change to a light brown, but not as dark as browning

  7. gold(Adjective)

    Made of gold.

  8. gold(Adjective)

    Having the colour of gold.

  9. gold(Adjective)

    Premium, superior.

  10. Origin: From gulþan, from ǵʰĺ̥tom. Cognate with Old Frisian gold, Old Saxon gold, Old High German gold (German Gold), Old Norse goll, gull (Swedish guld), Dutch goud, Gothic . The Indo-European root is also the source of zolto (Old Church Slavonic , Russian ), želt- (Lithuanian želtas, Latvian želts).

Webster Dictionary

  1. Gold(noun)

    alt. of Goolde

  2. Gold(verb)

    a metallic element, constituting the most precious metal used as a common commercial medium of exchange. It has a characteristic yellow color, is one of the heaviest substances known (specific gravity 19.32), is soft, and very malleable and ductile. It is quite unalterable by heat, moisture, and most corrosive agents, and therefore well suited for its use in coin and jewelry. Symbol Au (Aurum). Atomic weight 196.7

  3. Gold(verb)

    money; riches; wealth

  4. Gold(verb)

    a yellow color, like that of the metal; as, a flower tipped with gold

  5. Gold(verb)

    figuratively, something precious or pure; as, hearts of gold

  6. Origin: [AS. gold; akin to D. goud, OS. & G. gold, Icel. gull, Sw. & Dan. guld, Goth. gul, Russ. & OSlav. zlato; prob. akin to E. yellow. 49, 234. See Yellow, and cf. Gild, v. t.]


  1. Gold

    Gold, also called golden, is one of a variety of yellow-brown color blends used to give the impression of the color of the element gold. The web color gold is sometimes referred to as golden to distinguish it from the color metallic gold. The use of gold as a color term in traditional usage is more often applied to the color "metallic gold". The first recorded use of golden as a color name in English was in 1300 to refer to the element gold and in 1423 to refer to blond hair. Metallic gold, such as in paint, is often called goldtone or gold-tone. In model building, the color gold is different from brass. A shiny or metallic silvertone object can be painted with transparent yellow to obtain goldtone, something often done with Christmas decorations.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Gold

    gōld, n. one of the precious metals much used for coin: money: riches: anything very precious: yellow, gold colour.—adj. made of or like gold.—ns. Gold′-beat′er, one whose trade is to beat gold into gold-leaf; Gold′-beat′ers′-skin, the outer coat of the cæcum of the ox; Gold′-beat′ing.—adj. Gold′-bound (Shak.), encompassed with gold.—ns. Gold′-cloth, cloth woven with threads of gold; Gold′-crest, a golden-crested bird of genus Regulus; Gold′-dig′ger, one who digs for or mines gold, esp. a placer-miner; Gold′-dust, gold in dust or very fine particles, as it is sometimes found in rivers.—adj. Gold′en, made of gold: of the colour of gold: bright: most valuable: happy: highly favourable.—v.t. to become golden.—ns. Gold′en-age, an early period in history, a time of innocence and happiness; Gold′en-eye, a species of oceanic ducks which breed in the Arctic regions, and are winter visitants of Britain.—adj. Gold′en-hilt′ed (Tenn.), having a hilt made of, or mounted with, gold.—adv. Gold′enly (Tenn.), splendidly, delightfully.—ns. Gold′en-rod, any herb of the genus Solidago, of the aster family; Gold′-fē′ver, a mania for seeking gold; Gold′-field, a region where gold is found; Gold′finch, the most beautiful of English finches, with very handsome plumage, in which black, crimson-red, yellow, and white are, in the adult male, exquisitely mingled; Gold′fish, a Chinese and Japanese fresh-water fish, nearly allied to the carp—in its native waters it is brownish, but when domesticated becomes golden-yellow; Gold′-foil, gold beaten into thin sheets, used by dentists; Gold′ilocks, Gold′ylocks, a common name for Ranunculus (q.v.); Gold′-lace, lace made of gold-thread; Gold′-leaf, gold beaten extremely thin, or into leaves; Gold′-lil′y, the yellow lily; Gold′-mine, a mine from which gold is dug; Gold′-plate, vessels and utensils of gold collectively; Gold′smith, a worker in gold and silver; Gold′spink (Scot.), the goldfinch; Gold′stick, the colonel of a regiment of life-guards who attends the sovereign on state occasions—he receives a gold rod with his commission; Gold′-thread, a ranunculaceous plant found from Denmark to Siberia, with evergreen leaves, resembling those of the strawberry: a thread formed of a strip of gold-leaf laid over a thread of silk; Gold′-wash′er, one who obtains gold by washing it from sand and gravel: a cradle or other implement for washing gold from auriferous dirt; Gold′-wire, wire made of or covered with gold.—Golden beetle, the na

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Gold

    A yellow metallic element with the atomic symbol Au, atomic number 79, and atomic weight 197. It is used in jewelry, goldplating of other metals, as currency, and in dental restoration. Many of its clinical applications, such as ANTIRHEUMATIC AGENTS, are in the form of its salts.

Editors Contribution

  1. gold

    A type of natural metal element with an atomic weight and atomic number.

    Gold is found in many countries around the world and mined as a precious metal.

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'gold' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1397

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'gold' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1842

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'gold' in Nouns Frequency: #631


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of gold in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of gold in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Matthew Maloney:

    Cold is like gold.

  2. Severin Meiland:

    a good tooth, gets no gold

  3. Chinese Proverb:

    A book holds a house of gold.

  4. Miguel de Cervantes:

    All is not gold that glitters.

  5. Mouchegh Petrossian:

    Stainless steel or gold are OK.

Images & Illustrations of gold

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