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gold standard

a monetary system with gold of specified weight and fineness as the unit of value.
Origin of gold standard
1825-35, Americanism Unabridged
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  • And then there's the microwave, the gold standard of collegiate cooking appliances.
  • But the gold standard for being a hominid was upright walking.
  • 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.
  • It's still the gold standard for pinpointing diseases, but for some diseases it doesn't work well.
  • He stresses, however, that colonoscopies remain the gold standard for diagnosing the disease.
  • 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

a monetary system in which the unit of currency is defined with reference to gold
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.

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