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

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Another artist, Robert Sylvain, transformed a seat into a golden-hued throne while Donna Lee Steffens re-imagined a seat into an American flag. Johnny Diaz,, "After holding fannies for more than 30 years, seats from Miami Marine Stadium become works of art," 15 July 2019 The campers were tasked with naming the shelter’s newest addition — a golden-brown, 2-month-old puppy with a tail that ends in a curl. Mary Grace Keller,, "Happy tails: Children learn at Carroll County Humane Society Critter Camp," 15 July 2019 Eggplant has to be fried, a nice fry, golden-brown, not half-fry. Fortune, "Why This Classic Israeli Sandwich Should Be on Your Foodie To-Do List," 13 July 2019 Julia Louis-Dreyfus's performance as Selina Meyer, will likely get a golden sendoff. Kelly Lawler, USA TODAY, "Will 'Game of Thrones' and 'Veep' sweep the Emmy nominations (again)? What to know," 12 July 2019 Claim a table on the patio to enjoy the long golden hours of evening: June sunset here isn’t until 8:45 p.m. Choose a beer from the rotating list of local brews. Brian Coyne,, "One Day, One Place: Mount Shasta, California," 11 July 2019 The camera can’t capture the stunning vastness of the expanse, and the sky is too bright, which makes the vibrant golden tones of the mesas and buttes look blue. Rebecca Jennings, Vox, "Everyone wants to Instagram the world’s most beautiful canyon. Should they?," 11 July 2019 Despite their golden couple status, in the summer of 1999 John and Carolyn were at a crossroads. Adrienne Gaffney, Town & Country, "The Last Days of John F. Kennedy Jr. and Carolyn Bessette Kennedy," 9 July 2019 The golden sand is littered with tiny russet tiles. David Degner, Smithsonian, "Two Tour Guides—One Israeli, One Palestinian—Offer a New Way to See the Holy Land," 9 July 2019

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First Known Use of golden

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for golden

Middle English

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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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