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Gold, n. Also: golde, gould(e, gowld. [ME. and OE. gold, ME. also golde, gowlde (15th c.).]

1. The metal gold; articles or coin made of gold. Clathe of gold, see Clathe n. 3 b.(a) a1400 Leg. S. xlvii. 196.
A kyrtil, & of fyne gold a wrethe thartil
c1420 Wynt. ii. 1077.
Golde, sylvyr, and wessale
Ib. iv. 1968.
Sylvyr, gold, and all tresore
?1438 Alex. i. 992.
His scheld was gold
Ib. ii. 607.
For all the gold that Pryam had
1438 Misc. Spald. C. V. 392.
The … golde that the fornemyt Thomas craffit
1456 Hay I. 207/3.
Thare was tane fra him xm pecis of golde
Ib. 262/21.
A thousand nobleis, or other grete soume of gold
c1475 Wall. x. 464.
Five mylȝon off fynest gold so round
1503 Treas. Acc. II. 209.
For ane steik of quhit damas flourit with gold
1510 Rentale Dunkeld MS. 87.
Ane signete of golde extending to ane unce and half ane unce … of gold
1554 Treas. Acc. X. 232.
For fyve unce and half of gold of mynd
1556 Lauder Off. Kings 254.
To win ȝour liegis hartis Rather than conqueis gold
a1570-86 Maitl. F. lxxvi. 15.
Now he hes gold and warldis welth
(b) 1503 Halyb. 271.
vi hankis of gould
a1578 Pitsc. I. 167/18.
Gewin[g] to him great giftis of gould and silluer
Ib. 174/16.
Ane great chenȝie of gould
1579 Acts III. 150/1.
The prices of gould and siluer
Ib. 150/2.
The saidis peices of gould & siluer
c1590 Fowler I. 253/6.
Can averice constraine Grit Cupid [to] do homadge wnto gowld
1610 Edinb. Test. XLVI. 166 b.
Ane turkas ring set in gould

2. attrib. Made of, or connected with, gold. 1456 Hay I. 51/26.
He gert gader togeder all the golde ryngis that was apon dede mennis handis
1503 Treas. Acc. II. 209.
xi elne damas gold wyre to be ane cote to the King
1507 Charter (Reg. H.) No. 709.
The sowme of ane hundreth crounis of gold wecht
1540 Treas. Acc. VII. 408.
For chenȝeis, ringis, … tergettis, and vther gold wark
1581 Edinb. Test. IX. 185 b.
Sex dosane of gold skynnis
1596 Dalr. I. 17/25.
Heir … is ane gold mynde … fund out in the tyme of King James the fourthe
Ib. II. 97/31.
All ar tane and in thair gold chains hangt
1615 Edinb. Test. XLVIII. 214.
Ten pair of gold freinȝe gluifis at thrie pundis threttein schillingis iiij d the pair

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