gold·​en | \ ˈgōl-dən How to pronounce golden (audio) \

Definition of golden

1 : consisting of, relating to, or containing gold
2a : being or having the color gold or the color of gold
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 How to pronounce golden (audio) \ 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
Recent Examples on the Web Bake at 450 degrees until dry at the center and golden brown on the edges, about 15 minutes. Beth Segal, cleveland, "Homemade crackers 2.0: They’re not just for cheese boards anymore," 12 Feb. 2021 Working in the White House has usually meant punching a golden ticket to lucrative positions at lobbying firms, in business or at a college or university. New York Times, "Job Seekers With Trump White House on Their Résumés Face a Cold Reality," 29 Jan. 2021 Apparently, those metrics weren’t as crucial when there were 60 games to chug through before cashing in the golden ticket of postseason TV revenue. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, "Opinion: MLB's second season of pandemic ball remains a balancing act: Cash, competition and COVID-19," 26 Jan. 2021 Instant saves on The Voice are (almost) as valuable as a Wonka golden ticket. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "Ian Flanigan Scores Instant Save With Travis Tritt Cover on ‘The Voice’: Watch," 8 Dec. 2020 Generations of children couldn't imagine their upbringing without tales of Willy Wonka’s golden ticket or lessons learned from the Big Friendly Giant. NBC News, "Family of children's author Roald Dahl quietly apologize for 'prejudiced' anti-Semitic remarks," 6 Dec. 2020 Offering on-demand software to customers on a subscription basis was founder Marc Benioff’s grand business innovation—and his golden ticket to unfathomable riches. Robert Hackett, Fortune, "How to succeed in the subscriptions business," 18 Nov. 2020 Under normal circumstances, such a stretch would represent a golden opportunity for the team to rack up some wins. Tom Orsborn,, "Kerr: San Antonio Spurs’ Gregg Popovich might coach beyond this season," 21 Jan. 2021 New Orleans’ struggling offense has a golden opportunity to find its rhythm Sunday. Christian Clark,, "The Pelicans are getting crushed in crucial battleground — 3-point land," 16 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of golden

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for golden

Middle English

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18 Feb 2021

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“Golden.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Mar. 2021.

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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 How to pronounce golden (audio) \

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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