golden

adjective
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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As the golden device goes off, the Kahnwald house blows up. Abbey Maxbauer, refinery29.com, "Where The End Of Dark Season 2 Leaves Us," 30 June 2019 In autumn, the ginko tree, serviceberry and aspen change to golden yellow while the Russian hawthorns bear fruits. Colleen Smith, The Denver Post, "Denver’s oasis has been tucked away in the Denver Botanic Gardens for 40 years," 29 June 2019 My day of magic arrived on a bright autumn morning, when the poplar trees swayed against a golden city. David Canfield, EW.com, "First look: Marie Lu turns to historical fiction in brand-new YA fantasy The Kingdom of Back," 28 June 2019 As the western skies shimmered in the afterglow, the San Francisco Bay’s waters, its bridges and the hillsides from Berkeley to Hayward and beyond became a living gallery of golden images. Patrick May, The Mercury News, "Epic Bay Area sunset: 15 great Instagram shots of Thursday night’s colors," 28 June 2019 In addition to two World Cup crowns, Hamm was also part of a golden generation of American talent that won Olympic gold medals in 1996 and 2004. SI.com, "USWNT Legend Mia Hamm Predicts England & USA Wins in Huge World Cup Quarter Finals," 27 June 2019 Zoo officials praised his leadership and noted that his tenure saw the first birth of an African elephant at the Maryland Zoo, the addition of grizzly bears, the return of bobcats and new exhibits on penguins, golden frogs and hellbenders. Tim Prudente, baltimoresun.com, "Maryland Zoo president Don Hutchinson to step down," 27 June 2019 But social democracy’s economic shift created a golden opportunity for these parties. Sheri Berman, Vox, "The development and decay of democracy," 18 June 2019 Some see a golden opportunity to disrupt Trump in a way he's not used to; others fear a trap. CBS News, "White House still silent about Trump's plans for July 4th celebrations," 12 June 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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More Definitions for golden

golden

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of golden

: made of gold
: having the deep yellow color of gold
: very happy and successful

golden

adjective
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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