aureate

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adjective au·re·ate \ˈȯr-ē-ət\

Definition of aureate

  1. 1 :  of a golden color or brilliance aureate light

  2. 2 :  marked by grandiloquent and rhetorical style aureate diction

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Examples of aureate in a sentence

  1. the aureate speeches that are traditionally given at graduation ceremonies

Did You Know?

Aureate is among several adjectives in English pertaining to gold that derive from the Latin name for the metal, aurum. While its relatives auriferous and auric are more likely to appear in scientific contexts to describe substances containing or made from gold (or Au, to use its chemical symbol), aureate has tended to have a more literary allure since it was first used in English in the early 15th century. Over time, the word's use was extended from "golden" to "resplendent," and it finally lost some of its luster as it came to mean "grandiloquent."

Origin and Etymology of aureate

Middle English aureat, from Medieval Latin aureatus decorated with gold, from Latin aureus


First Known Use: 15th century



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