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

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 The creative team, led by director Kyle Balda, blends Three Stooges slapstick routines with the classic squash-and-stretch character animation of the golden era, while getting creative with how to stage such gags in three-dimensional space. Peter Debruge, Variety, 13 June 2022 And a little bit of Classic, golden era and current hip hop. Liza Lentini, SPIN, 10 June 2022 The upcoming decades will be a golden era for the semiconductor industry. Mark Liu, Fortune, 8 June 2022 The political drama Borgen first aired on Danish TV in 2010, when TV’s golden era was still on the upswing (Mad Men and Breaking Bad were mid-flight; Game of Thrones and Girls were not far off). Taylor Antrim, Vogue, 2 June 2022 By the 1990s, the golden era of girl groups was upon us, thanks to bands like En Vogue, Xscape, SWV and TLC. Rania Aniftos, Billboard, 27 May 2022 John Lee’s elevation makes clear that this prior golden era of sorts is over, and a new one is under way. Timothy Mclaughlin, The Atlantic, 25 May 2022 Cruise likening himself to Kelly, one of the best athletes of Hollywood’s golden era, is a fair comparison. Rebecca Keegan, The Hollywood Reporter, 19 May 2022 During the golden era of railroading, after all, practically every major city and town in the United States was linked by passenger railroad. New York Times, 2 May 2022 See More

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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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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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