from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A monetary standard under which the basic unit of currency is equal in value to and exchangeable for a specified amount of gold.
  • n. A model of excellence; a paragon: "Several generations of the laser have been widely available in Europe; the FDA approved the one now considered the gold standard” ( Daniel Goleman).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A monetary system where the value of circulating money is linked to the value of gold.
  • n. A test or measure of comparison that is considered ultimate or ideal.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a monetary standard under which the basic unit of currency is defined by a stated quantity of gold
  • n. a paragon of excellence


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