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 Bake in preheated oven 8 to 12 minutes or until bottom of crust is golden brown. Journal Sentinel Staff, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Comfort foods for an uncomfortable time: the era of coronavirus," 24 Mar. 2020 The North Berkeley Farmers’ Market was surprisingly bustling on Thursday afternoon, with farmers hawking petite cone cabbages, oyster mushrooms and golden beets. Janelle Bitker,, "Farmers’ markets are still open during coronavirus. But farmers’ livelihoods remain uncertain," 20 Mar. 2020 Antipasti dishes of golden beets with orange supremes, white cannellini beans with lots of herbs, a cool grain salad made with farro and showers of Parmigiano-Reggiano. Mike Sutter,, "A list of the San Antonio restaurants in Culinaria’s Restaurant Weeks To-Go program, helping eateries survive coronavirus," 19 Mar. 2020 Not only does the true lob, which hits between her chin and shoulder blades, look healthy and flattering, the piece-y, golden-blonde highlights — or, love lights, rather — brighten her brunette root shade in the most natural way, as if by the sun. Megan Decker,, "Jennifer Love Hewitt’s New “Love Lights” Are Perfect For Spring," 16 Mar. 2020 The pies are filled with sweet potato puree, baked until golden brown, and topped with cinnamon butter. Juliana Labianca, Good Housekeeping, "16 Best Pi Day Deals to Take Advantage of on 3/14," 14 Mar. 2020 Tennant was arrestingly good-looking, no Marlboro Man but with a perfectly proportioned face, golden hair, and big blue eyes. Brian T. Allen, National Review, "Cecil Beaton’s Bright Young Things," 14 Mar. 2020 Drop the temperature to 350°F and continue cooking until the crust is evenly golden brown and the juices are bubbling and thickened, 30–40 more minutes for fresh berries or 60–70 minutes for frozen. Popular Science, "This Alaskan town is a crucial stop on the Iditarod—for its pie," 13 Mar. 2020 Fish and chips is a classic in Ireland and the U.K., and anglers in North America love catching fresh fish and frying them to a crisp, golden treat, too. Brad Fenson, Field & Stream, "5 Festive Recipes for St. Patrick’s Day Featuring Wild Game (and Beer!)," 13 Mar. 2020

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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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27 Mar 2020

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“Golden.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Apr. 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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