Golden Fleece


: a fleece of gold placed by the king of Colchis in a dragon-guarded grove and recovered by the Argonauts

Examples of Golden Fleece in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Season two will adapt the second of Riordan’s novels, The Sea of Monsters, which sends Percy (Walker Scobell) and some of his fellow demigods on an oceangoing quest to retrieve the Golden Fleece. Rick Porter, The Hollywood Reporter, 7 Feb. 2024 The warrior Jason has just helped himself to the Golden Fleece aided by Medea’s magic, cunning and fervidness (including killing her brother). Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times, 13 Dec. 2023 Topping out at just about a foot tall and a bit more in width, ‘Golden Fleece’ produces huge quantities of bright yellow blooms in August and September set off by bright green foliage that looks a bit like Bib lettuce. Paul Cappiello, The Courier-Journal, 2 Sep. 2023 Nearby food and drink: Basement Burger Bar, Firebird Tavern, Golden Fleece Restaurant Nearby attractions: Comerica Park, Ford Field, GM Renaissance Center Other unique perks: Hollywood Casino offers a casino VIP room, 85 casino gaming tables and 3,000 slot machines. Detroit Free Press, 16 Aug. 2023 There were also lows, such as the San Diego County Taxpayers Association naming NCTD a finalist for its 2014 Golden Fleece Award due to Sprinter trains that had been shut down for nearly three months for repairs that went $3 million over budget. Luke Harold, San Diego Union-Tribune, 14 Aug. 2023 The San Diego County Taxpayers Association named the district as a finalist for its Golden Fleece Award in 2014 because of problems with the brakes on Sprinter trains over the previous year. Phil Diehl, San Diego Union-Tribune, 7 Aug. 2023 The chorus sang with sober lucidity, and there was an excellent cast around Radvanovsky, including the tenor Matthew Polenzani, breezily arrogant as the fickle Giasone (Jason), who used Medea to help steal the Golden Fleece, married her, had children with her, and then dropped her. Zachary Woolfe, New York Times, 28 Sep. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Golden Fleece was in the 14th century

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“Golden Fleece.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 May. 2024.

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Golden Fleece

: a treasure in the form of a fleece of gold placed in a grove guarded by dragons and sought and recovered by Jason and the Argonauts

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