golden retriever


Definition of golden retriever

: any of a breed of medium-sized retrievers having a flat moderately long golden coat

Examples of golden retriever in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web One of those dogs, Dusty, a female golden retriever, was granted the honor of ringing the closing bell on Sept. 19 in recognition of her and her canine colleagues' work at Ground Zero. Jamie L. Lareau, Detroit Free Press, "Who's ringing the New York Stock Exchange bell might surprise you," 3 Jan. 2020 More worrying was Dannyboy, a 3-year-old golden retriever. Author: Rita Giordano, Anchorage Daily News, "Veterinarians — beset by stress, death and debt — are dying by suicide at high rates," 14 Oct. 2019 The English springer spaniel is trained to flush its birds, like a Labrador or golden retriever. D'arcy Egan, cleveland, "Finnegan, an eager Brittany pup, displays his heritage in dove hunting field — D’Arcy Egan," 21 Sep. 2019 Our furry narrator is Enzo (Kevin Costner), a golden retriever who’s not like other dogs. Katie Walsh, Twin Cities, "Dog drama ‘Art of Racing in the Rain’ laps up pathos," 8 Aug. 2019 With him are his trusty golden retriever deputies, Mikey and Mitzi, and his chief of staff (and owner) Phyllis Mueller and her husband, Glenn Warren. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: A pooch in politics: Meet Idyllwild’s Mayor Max," 20 Sep. 2019 Initially we were concerned about a deficiency in taurine as many golden retriever dogs had low blood taurine levels. Iris Katz,, "Pet Wise: Exploring links between grain-free diets and cardiomyopathy in dogs," 16 Aug. 2019 On the day of her death, Keyla had written a note to her family asking for a golden retriever puppy for Lyann. Los Angeles Times,, "Remembering Keyla, 13, the bullied girl with autism, gunned down at Gilroy Garlic Festival," 11 Aug. 2019 Viewers are also introduced to new characters who broaden the ensemble’s range: The golden retriever–like Sarah Finley (Jacqueline Toboni), who is estranged from her Christian family, goes by Finley and draws close to Shane. Hannah Giorgis, The Atlantic, "One Way the New L Word Is Deeply Modern," 15 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of golden retriever

1908, in the meaning defined above

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“Golden retriever.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 28 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of golden retriever

: a type of dog that has long yellowish-brown fur

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