Definition of gold-plated in US English:



  • 1Covered with a thin layer of gold.

    ‘a gold-plated tiepin’
    • ‘She lit a long, thin cigarette with a gold-plated lighter.’
    • ‘‘I thought it was gold when it was only gold-plated,’ she raps at one point.’
    • ‘As history progressed the Etruscans and the Romans upgraded their wreaths with precious metals such as gold, silver and gold-plated metals.’
    • ‘It was a very pretty sword, all long and shiny with a hilt that appeared to be made of gold, or was at least gold-plated.’
    • ‘The Xducer satellite and subwoofer cases have cherry hardwood veneer covers and the speaker post connectors are gold-plated.’
    • ‘The contacts for the USB connector are even gold-plated to ensure better conductivity, according to Razer.’
    1. 1.1 Likely to prove profitable; secure.
      ‘houses are no longer the gold-plated investment they were’



/ˈɡoʊld ˌpleɪdɪd//ˈɡōld ˌplādid/