salad days

noun plural

Definition of salad days

  1. :  time of youthful inexperience or indiscretion <my salad days when I was green in judgment — Shakespeare>; also :  an early flourishing period :  heyday

Examples of salad days in a sentence

  1. <he worked for NASA in its salad days>

Did You Know?

A good salad is fresh, crisp, and usually green. Those attributes are often associated (in both vegetables and people) with vitality and immaturity. The first English writer known to use salad days to associate the fresh greenness of salad with the vigor and recklessness of youth was William Shakespeare. In Antony and Cleopatra, Cleopatra praises Marc Antony's valor and demands that her serving woman do the same. When the servant instead praises her former consort, Caesar, Cleopatra threatens her - until the woman notes that she is only echoing Cleopatra's own effusive past praise of Caesar. Cleopatra's reply marks the first English use of salad days:

"My salad days,
When I was green in judgment, cold in blood,
To say as I said then."

1606

First Known Use of salad days

1606


SALAD DAYS Defined for English Language Learners

salad days

noun plural

Definition of salad days for English Language Learners

  • : the period of life when someone is young and does not have much experience

  • : an early period of success


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