gold·​en | \ˈgōl-dən \

Definition of golden 

1 : consisting of, relating to, or containing gold

2a : being or having the color gold or the color of gold

b : blond sense 1

4 : of a high degree of excellence : superb

5 : prosperous, flourishing golden days

6a : radiantly youthful and vigorous

b : having talents that promise great success often used with boy

c : highly favored : popular

7 : favorable, advantageous a golden opportunity

8 : of, relating to, or being a 50th anniversary or its celebration

9 : mellow, resonant a smooth golden tenor

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Other Words from golden

goldenly adverb
goldenness \ˈgōl-​də(n)-​nəs \ noun

Examples of golden in a Sentence

The memoir recounts the golden times in her life. this may be your golden moment to impress a baseball scout, so don't blow it

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Uncover and bake until golden and custard is set, 50 to 55 minutes. Heather Finn, Good Housekeeping, "You Can Make This Ham and Cheese Breakfast Bake Up to 24 Hours in Advance," 10 Dec. 2018 Bake until golden, turning bread halfway through for even cooking, about 7 minutes total. Kitty Greenwald, WSJ, "This Salad Is the Best Way to Use All the Vegetables You Have Right Now," 16 Aug. 2018 Instead, Prince George is known as George Cambridge at school. 6) Births are traditionally announced on a golden easel in front of Buckingham Palace. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "Will Meghan Markle And Prince Harry’s Baby Be Born At Home? Plus, Other Bizarre Royal Birthing Rules," 15 Oct. 2018 Her matching wide-brim green hat, with its spectacular golden bow, was created by milliner Jess Collett. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Fergie Rocked Another Flawless Mother of the Bride Look at Princess Eugenie's Evening Reception," 13 Oct. 2018 As urban development and wildfire creep closer toward one another, tens of thousands of residents across the state are reckoning with new risks that once seemed relegated to the lovely, if parched golden hillsides above the cities. Susie Cagle, Curbed, "California’s changing fire country," 10 Oct. 2018 In between it all, make time to eat: Denver's restaurant scene is golden right now, with places like Tavernetta and Ultreia, both buzzy and James Beard-y, to add to your list. Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Cities in the U.S.: 2018 Readers' Choice Awards," 9 Oct. 2018 Add shallot and cook, stirring occasionally, until mushrooms are golden brown, 2 to 3 minutes; transfer to a plate. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Creamy Thyme Chicken with Sautéed Apples and Mushrooms," 9 Oct. 2018 Cook, stirring onion occasionally, until apples are golden brown, 3 to 4 minutes. Kate Merker, Country Living, "Seared Sausage with Cabbage and Pink Lady Apples," 21 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of golden

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for golden

Middle English

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English Language Learners Definition of golden

: made of gold

: having the deep yellow color of gold

: very happy and successful


gold·​en | \ˈgōl-dən \

Kids Definition of golden

1 : like, made of, or containing gold

2 : having the deep yellow color of gold golden flowers

3 : very good or desirable a golden opportunity

4 : very prosperous and happy a golden age

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