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aureate

[awr-ee-it, -eyt] /ˈɔr i ɪt, -ˌeɪt/
adjective
1.
golden or gilded.
2.
brilliant; splendid.
3.
characterized by an ornate style of writing or speaking.
Origin
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English aureat < Late Latin aureātus decorated with gold, equivalent to Latin aure(us) golden, of gold (aur(um) gold + -eus adj. suffix) + -ātus -ate1
Related forms
aureately, adverb
aureateness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for aureately

aureate

/ˈɔːrɪɪt; -ˌeɪt/
adjective
1.
covered with gold; gilded
2.
of a golden colour
3.
(of a style of writing or speaking) excessively elaborate or ornate; florid
Derived Forms
aureately, adverb
aureateness, noun
Word Origin
C15: from Late Latin aureātus gilded, from Latin aureus golden, from aurum gold
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Word Origin and History for aureately

aureate

adj.

early 15c., "gold, gold-colored," also figuratively, "splendid, brilliant," from Latin aureatus "decorated with gold," from aureus "golden," from aurum "gold," from PIE *aus- (cf. Sanskrit ayah "metal," Avestan ayo, Latin aes "brass," Old English ar "brass, copper, bronze," Gothic aiz "bronze," Old Lithuanian ausas "gold"), probably related to root *aus- "to shine" (see aurora).

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