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 In Guillermo del Toro's film noir, a very ambitious carny (Bradley Cooper) conjures up a golden ticket to success by swindling the elite of 1940s society. Chaise Sanders, Country Living, 13 May 2022 While Gill didn't make it to Hollywood, Hardy took his golden ticket all the way to victory, winning over fans young and old with his throwback song choices and Elvis Presley-like swagger. Greg Hilburn, USA TODAY, 29 Apr. 2022 After earning a golden ticket to Hollywood, Nicolina celebrated the exciting moment with her dad, Dave. Selena Barrientos, Good Housekeeping, 24 Apr. 2022 Lambert was on his way with a golden ticket to Hollywood. Mary Colurso |, al, 20 Apr. 2022 Add sliced garlic and fry until lightly golden, 1-2 minutes. Kitty Greenwald, WSJ, 11 May 2022 Chicken thighs came out juicy and golden, too, in under 30 minutes. Nicole Papantoniou, Good Housekeeping, 11 May 2022 Meanwhile, a line of eager customers snaked down the street hoping to snag one of the day’s 500 golden bagels. Elena Kadvany, San Francisco Chronicle, 11 May 2022 Reptiles, insects, and birds -- like the golden pheasant (pictured) -- live there too. Rebecca Cairns; Video By Hazel Pfeifer, CNN, 10 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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25 May 2022

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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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