Definition of gold dust in US English:

gold dust


  • 1Fine particles of gold.

    • ‘In the living room, I traced the gilded edges of the tables and chairs carefully, hoping gold dust would cling to my fingers.’
    • ‘I wondered what that gold dust was on my back for.’
    • ‘Thin gold earrings hung from her ears and her eyes looked as though she'd sparkled gold dust over them, then outstaged by black dramatic lashes.’
    • ‘The lively exchange of gold dust for goods proved profitable, and within a year he established the basis of his fortune - the bank of D. O. Mills and Company.’
    • ‘Her maids had curled her hair and powdered it with gold dust, and were finishing an application of painted patches to her face.’
    • ‘Pieces of such size have long since been collected, although very finely divided gold dust still exists in a number of locations.’
    • ‘Freshly minted gold coins still flecked with gold dust filled the wooden chest to the brim.’
    • ‘Miners and merchants were leaving for ‘the States’ in large numbers in fall 1863, laden with gold dust they had amassed during the spring and summer.’
    • ‘One camel could pack in hundreds of pounds of flour and pack out nail kegs filled with thousands of dollars in gold dust.’
    • ‘Garnish with rose petals and gold dust to complete the decadent look of this beautiful red and white dessert, a perfect way to end off the romantic meal.’
    • ‘The final chapter in Ransom's colorful career was to prospect for gold in Tierra del Fuego at the southernmost tip of Argentina, where miners bound for the gold rush in California had discovered gold dust.’
    • ‘Even sacks of gold dust might be used for exchange in mining towns.’
    • ‘Mixed in the gold dust was a white metal, which the miners called platina because it resembled silver.’
    • ‘To portray the area she comes from, the dress will be black with gold overlay to mimic our history of miners searching for gold dust in black sand.’
    • ‘Ysanne took the bottle from him carefully, as if it was full of gold dust or some other valuable.’
    • ‘The myth of El Dorado grew out of stories about the rituals of an Andean tribe, whose chief was anointed with gold dust - hence the name El Dorado, or golden man.’
    • ‘It was with a heavy heart - and a sour face - that Lord Latimer dumped a heavy bag of gold dust, which was worth one thousand sterling pounds, in the hands of one Gerard Wrington.’
    • ‘They were on a two year journey, buying Cornish Tin, Spanish silver and Saharan gold dust in the secret markets of the Far West that only they knew.’
    • ‘He did offer patients who suffered from heart attacks an expensive cure that involved gold dust in a powder made from pearls, but he advised his colleagues to try to avoid hopeless cases as a matter of principle.’
    • ‘Is this true, that she demanded that Max Factor sprinkle half an ounce of real gold dust into her wigs to add glitter?’
  • 2

    another term for basket-of-gold


gold dust

/ˈɡōl(d) ˌdəst//ˈɡoʊl(d) ˌdəst/