1. A monetary standard under which the basic unit of currency is equal in value to and exchangeable for a specified amount of gold.
2. A model of excellence; a paragon: "Several generations of the laser have been widely available in Europe; the FDA approved the one now considered the gold standard" (Daniel Goleman).
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