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noun 
  1. A monetary system where the value of circulating money is linked to the value of gold.
    • 2002, Philip Ball, The Elements: A Very Short Introduction, Oxford 2004, p. 57
    • :In countries that accepted the , currency could be exchanged at a bank for a fixed weight of gold.
    • (idiom) A test or measure of comparison that is considered ultimate or ideal.
      The OED is the for English dictionaries. Everyone wants to see how their version measures up to that ideal.

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