Meaning of PLATINUM in English


I. ˈplat-nəm, ˈpla-tə-nəm noun

Usage: often attributive

Etymology: New Latin, from Spanish platina, from diminutive of plata silver — more at plate

Date: 1808

1. : a precious grayish-white noncorroding ductile malleable heavy metallic element that fuses with difficulty and is used especially in chemical ware and apparatus, as a catalyst, and in dental and jewelry alloys — see element table

2. : a moderate gray

II. adjective

Date: 1971

: qualifying for a platinum record

- go platinum

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