Gold-standard meaning

A thing that serves as a model or standard of excellence.
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A monetary standard under which the basic unit of currency is equal in value to and exchangeable for a specified amount of gold.
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A model of excellence; a paragon.
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A monetary standard solely in terms of gold, in which the basic currency unit is made equal to and redeemable by a specified quantity of gold.
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A monetary system that allows the conversion of currency to gold at a fixed price. The U.S. quit using the gold standard in 1971.
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(economics) A monetary system where the value of circulating money is linked to the value of gold.
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(idiomatic) A test or measure of comparison that is considered ultimate or ideal.

The OED is the gold standard for English dictionaries. Everyone wants to see how their version measures up to that ideal.

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