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English definition of “gold standard”

gold standard

noun [S] (GOOD THING)   
something that is very good and is used for measuring how good other similar things are: I think 'Sesame Street' is still the gold standard for preschool television.Good, better and bestInformal words for goodQuite good, or not very goodComparing and contrasting
(Definition of gold standard noun (GOOD THING) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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