golden retriever


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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web My bocce ball court or my golden retriever, King. Kelly Allen, House Beautiful, 4 Nov. 2022 Rounding out the Ttop 10 are the golden retriever, German shepherd, poodle, bulldog, rottweiler, beagle, dachshund and German shorthaired pointer. Gina Martinez, CBS News, 15 Mar. 2023 Their golden retriever, Piper, is the official guest greeter. Kelly Ryan Kegans, Country Living, 21 Feb. 2023 There’s no quit in a good golden retriever. Kyle Wintersteen, Field & Stream, 30 Jan. 2023 From the energetic border collie to the friendly golden retriever, more than 350 dog breeds exist today, each with specific physical and behavioral traits. Viviane Callier, Scientific American, 8 Dec. 2022 According to a Facebook post, a woman who lived on Klein Avenue, a block from Kirkland, said that her neighbor had a husky and a golden retriever. Longreads, 5 May 2022 Smaller than a golden retriever’s head? Bon Appétit, 14 Feb. 2022 The Labrador was still in the No. 2 spot, and the top five was rounded out by golden retrievers, German shepherds and poodles, in that order. Rae Johnson, The Courier-Journal, 23 Mar. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1908, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of golden retriever was in 1908

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“Golden retriever.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Jun. 2023.

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golden retriever

: any of a breed of medium-sized retrievers that have a coat of golden hair of medium length

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