a gold-colored star displayed, as on a service flag, to indicate that a member of one's family, organization
, or the like, was killed in war as a member of the armed forces.
2. Informal. a.
symbolic approval or recognition for outstanding merit or effort: You get the gold star for cooking such a gourmet dinner.
anything that represents an outstanding effort or achievement: Her promotion was the gold star she'd been working for.
Origin: Related forms