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gold standard

noun
1.
a monetary system with gold of specified weight and fineness as the unit of value.
Origin
1825-1835
1825-35, Americanism
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  • And then there's the microwave, the gold standard of collegiate cooking appliances.
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  • As for paper money itself, the end of the gold standard meant that cash had become a total abstraction.
  • The scientific process is the gold standard for the determination of truth in our day and age.
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  • That's good but not quantum-based randomness, which is the gold standard for many physicists.
  • We really want it to be the gold standard of how you do a conversion.
  • Where once print journals were the gold standard, there are now other options.
  • And they set a gold standard up high above his head and let him drift to wind and tide, bewailing him and mourning their loss.
British Dictionary definitions for gold standard

gold standard

noun
1.
a monetary system in which the unit of currency is defined with reference to gold
2.
the supreme example of something against which others are judged or measured: the current gold standard for breast cancer detection
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gold standard in Culture

gold standard definition


A system in which a nation's currency has a value measured in gold and can be exchanged for gold. Most nations, including the United States, went off the gold standard in the 1930s.

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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