golden years

plural noun

Definition of golden years

: the advanced years in a lifetime active well into their golden years

Examples of golden years in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Richard Nixon was still in the Oval Office when the couple finally moved home to spend their golden years in Willits, after Keenan retired from a long career at the Santa Rosa Press Democrat. Julia Wick, Los Angeles Times, "At 113, she’s California’s oldest native. She got through a tough 2020 and is still going strong," 21 Feb. 2021 But then the film zeros in on a few residents whose golden years have lost their shine. Star Tribune Staff, Star Tribune, "A tribute to Black women trailblazers, and 7 other things to watch this week," 4 Feb. 2021 From sunny Costa Rica to glacial Iceland, read on to get a basic idea of what your golden years would look like spent outside the United States. Sarah Skidmore Sell,, "Older workers face higher unemployment amid virus pandemic," 23 Oct. 2020 Hopefully, now this allows the Queen just a bit more time to enjoy her golden years in the palace. Stacey Leasca, Travel + Leisure, "The Queen Just Gave Prince William Two New Important Jobs," 20 Oct. 2020 According to data from Hartford Funds, anyone that has the wherewithal to keep money in the market for 50 years (i.e. from your first job all the way through your golden years) can expect to see about 14 bear markets over that period. Paul R. La Monica For Cnn Business Perspectives, CNN, "The market rebound since March shows why it doesn't pay to panic," 4 Sep. 2020 The only drawback for living in Dallas in your golden years is the serious crime rate, which is above national average. Alison Medley, Houston Chronicle, "Two Texas cities make Forbes list of best places to retire in 2020," 31 Aug. 2020 DeAngelo was quietly living out his golden years in a Sacramento suburb when investigators scooped up an item with his DNA on it and definitively linked him to the crimes by matching it to genetic material taken from the crime scene. Justin Jouvenal, Washington Post, "‘Monsters are real’: Victims confront the Golden State Killer for first time," 18 Aug. 2020 What’s fascinating to witness are the complications that arise from having to rely on their family members in their golden years. Katie Walsh, Los Angeles Times, "Review: A 72-year lesbian romance for the ages revealed in ‘A Secret Love’," 1 May 2020

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First Known Use of golden years

1945, in the meaning defined above

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“Golden years.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of golden years

: the late years in someone's life : the time of life when someone is old

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