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[gohl-duh n] /ˈgoʊl dən/
bright, metallic, or lustrous like gold; of the color of gold; yellow:
golden hair.
made or consisting of gold:
golden earrings.
exceptionally valuable, advantageous, or fine:
a golden opportunity.
having glowing vitality; radiant:
golden youth.
full of happiness, prosperity, or vigor:
golden hours; a golden era of exploration.
highly talented and favored; destined for success:
television's golden boy.
richly soft and smooth:
a golden voice.
indicating the fiftieth event of a series:
a golden wedding anniversary.
Origin of golden
1225-75; Middle English; see gold, -en2
Related forms
goldenly, adverb
goldenness, noun
ungolden, adjective
Can be confused
gilded, golden.
5. splendid, glorious, joyous.


[gohl-duh n] /ˈgoʊl dən/
a city in central Colorado. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the Web for golden
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  • The story of the fall of the golden Horde may be briefly told.

  • The edge of the garment was curiously wrought with golden palm leaves.

    Philothea Lydia Maria Child
  • She bears to his lips the golden goblet, filled with the nectar of the gods.

  • The whole rested on a golden image of Atlas, bending beneath the weight.

    Philothea Lydia Maria Child
  • That wouldn't prevent them from trying to capture the golden skull, anyway.

    The Golden Skull John Blaine
British Dictionary definitions for golden


of the yellowish or brownish-yellow metallic colour of gold: golden hair
made from or largely consisting of gold: a golden statue
happy or prosperous: golden days
(sometimes capital) (of anniversaries) the 50th in a series: Golden Jubilee, golden wedding
(informal) very successful or destined for success: the golden girl of tennis
extremely valuable or advantageous: a golden opportunity
Derived Forms
goldenly, adverb
goldenness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for golden

c.1300, "made of gold," from gold + -en (2); replacing Middle English gilden, from Old English gyldan. Gold is one of the few Modern English nouns that form adjectives meaning "made of ______" by adding -en (e.g. wooden, leaden, waxen, olden); Old English also had silfren "made of silver," stænen "made of stone."

As a color from late 14c. Figurative sense of "excellent, precious, best" is from late 14c. Golden mean "avoidance of excess" translates Latin aurea mediocritas (Horace). Golden age, period of past perfection, is from 1550s, from a concept found in Greek and Latin writers; in sense of "old age" it is from 1961. The moralistic golden rule earlier was the golden law, so called from 1670s.

Do not do unto others as you would that they should do unto you. Their tastes may not be the same. [George Bernard Shaw, 1898]

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for golden



Supremely fortunate; excellent: I'm golden

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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golden in Technology

[Probabaly from folklore's "golden egg"] When used to describe a magnetic medium (e.g. "golden disk", "golden tape"), describes one containing a tested, up-to-spec, ready-to-ship software version. Compare platinum-iridium.
[Jargon File]

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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