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Chemical element
Pt
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From Spanish platina (little silver) del Pinto ("of the Pinto") +‎ -um. It was called "little" (or "lesser") silver because the metal was found as an impurity in gold, and del Pinto for the Pinto River in Grand Columbia where Europeans discovered it being mined by Native Americans.

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platinum (countable and uncountable, plural platinums)

  1. The chemical element with atomic number 78 and symbol Pt; a dense, malleable, ductile, highly unreactive, silverish-white transition metal of great value.
  2. A whitish grey colour, like that of the metal.
    platinum:  
  3. (music) A single or album that has achieved platinum sales, i.e. over 1 million or 2 million.
  4. (medicine, sometimes, elliptically) A platinum-based drug: a platin.

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platinum (not comparable)

  1. Of a whitish grey colour, like that of the metal.
  2. Of a musical recording that has sold over one million copies (for singles), or two million (for albums).
  3. Very expensive, or of very high quality
    We can offer the platinum service for fifty dollars extra.

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platinum (third-person singular simple present platinums, present participle platinuming, simple past and past participle platinumed)

  1. (computer games) to reach platinum level in a game
    I platinumed in Clash of Clans yesterday.

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References

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  1. ^ Meredith, L. P. (1872) “Platinum”, in Every-Day Errors of Speech[1], Philadelphia: J.P. Lippincott & Co., page 36.

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  • David Barthelmy (1997–2024) “Platinum”, in Webmineral Mineralogy Database.
  • platinum”, in Mindat.org[2], Hudson Institute of Mineralogy, 2000–2024.

Afrikaans

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Chemical element
Pt
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platinum (attributive platinum, not comparable)

  1. platinum; made from platinum

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platinum (uncountable)

  1. platinum

Latin

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Chemical element
Pt
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platīnum n (genitive platīnī); second declension

  1. platinum

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Second-declension noun (neuter).

Case Singular Plural
Nominative platīnum platīna
Genitive platīnī platīnōrum
Dative platīnō platīnīs
Accusative platīnum platīna
Ablative platīnō platīnīs
Vocative platīnum platīna

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  • IPA(key): [ˈplaː˨ti˧nɔ˧m]

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platinum m

  1. (uncountable) platinum
  2. A part of platinum

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Chemical element
Pt
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Etymology

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From English platinum, from Spanish platina.

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platinum

  1. platinum

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