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 goldenness (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 While rap artists like LL Cool J and Eric B. & Rakim have failed to earn induction in recent years, The Notorious B.I.G.’s induction would be a watershed moment for the 1990s golden-era of hip-hop. cleveland, "Rock Hall 2020: Will Whitney Houston and Biggie both be inducted?," 8 Jan. 2020 That was the postseason debut for Prescott and Elliott, dynamic young players who raised expectations for a new golden era for the Cowboys. New York Times, "Jason Garrett Is Fired by Cowboys After Week of Uncertainty," 5 Jan. 2020 Thanks to those decrees, Hollywood is enjoying a golden era, with more studios producing more movies and television programs in ways that offer consumers more choice and convenience than at any time in history. Steven Pearlstein, Washington Post, "America’s latest corporate takeover: The Justice Department," 19 Dec. 2019 Between the mic snafus, Lizzo alternated between R&B tunes reminiscent of golden eras of production in Memphis, Detroit and Philadelphia and jams from the modern hip-hop playbook. David Lindquist, Indianapolis Star, "Technical glitches aren't enough to dethrone Lizzo at '99.5 ZPL Jingle Jam'," 11 Dec. 2019 That was a golden era for the Trojans, who won three consecutive state titles from 1989-91 and put together a winning streak that eventually reached 45 games. Patrick Saunders, The Denver Post, "Like father, like son: Cherry Creek’s Dade Bissell trying to add to family football legacy," 28 Nov. 2019 As the light of Seventh Street began to dim over the years, Esther’s transitioned again, this time from a venue epitomizing West Oakland’s golden era of jazz into a simple neighborhood dive bar. Justin Phillips,, "A bygone jazz club is the forgotten story of Oakland’s ‘Harlem of the West’ era," 31 Oct. 2019 Has any of that golden era confidence carried over? Jane Ratcliffe, Longreads, "‘I Was Being Used in Slivers and Slices’: On Feminism at Odds With Evangelical Faith," 24 Oct. 2019 The ‘90s and early ‘00s was a golden era for Black romantic comedies. Taylor Bryant, Glamour, "Where Did All the Black Rom-Coms Go?," 24 Oct. 2019

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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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17 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Golden.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 20 January 2020.

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How to pronounce golden (audio)

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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