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Meaning of gold star

gold' star'

Pronunciation: [key]
  1. a gold-colored star displayed, as on a service flag, to indicate that a member of one's family, organization, or the like, was killed in war as a member of the armed forces.
  2. You get the gold star for cooking such a gourmet dinner.
    1. symbolic approval or recognition for outstanding merit or effort:You get the gold star for cooking such a gourmet dinner.
    2. anything that represents an outstanding effort or achievement:Her promotion was the gold star she'd been working for.
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