Last modified on 10 March 2014, at 04:04
gold standard (plural gold standards)
- (economics) A monetary system where the value of circulating money is linked to the value of gold.
- 2002, Philip Ball, The Elements: A Very Short Introduction, Oxford 2004, p. 57
- In countries that accepted the gold standard, currency could be exchanged at a bank for a fixed weight of gold.
- (idiomatic) A test or measure of comparison that is considered ultimate or ideal.
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