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golden

[gohl-duh n] /ˈgoʊl dən/
adjective
1.
bright, metallic, or lustrous like gold; of the color of gold; yellow:
golden hair.
2.
made or consisting of gold:
golden earrings.
3.
exceptionally valuable, advantageous, or fine:
a golden opportunity.
4.
having glowing vitality; radiant:
golden youth.
5.
full of happiness, prosperity, or vigor:
golden hours; a golden era of exploration.
6.
highly talented and favored; destined for success:
television's golden boy.
7.
richly soft and smooth:
a golden voice.
8.
indicating the fiftieth event of a series:
a golden wedding anniversary.
Origin
1225-1275
1225-75; Middle English; see gold, -en2
Related forms
goldenly, adverb
goldenness, noun
ungolden, adjective
Can be confused
gilded, golden.
Synonyms
5. splendid, glorious, joyous.
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British Dictionary definitions for un golden

golden

/ˈɡəʊldən/
adjective
1.
of the yellowish or brownish-yellow metallic colour of gold: golden hair
2.
made from or largely consisting of gold: a golden statue
3.
happy or prosperous: golden days
4.
(sometimes capital) (of anniversaries) the 50th in a series: Golden Jubilee, golden wedding
5.
(informal) very successful or destined for success: the golden girl of tennis
6.
extremely valuable or advantageous: a golden opportunity
Derived Forms
goldenly, adverb
goldenness, noun
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Word Origin and History for un golden

golden

adj.

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]

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Slang definitions & phrases for un golden

golden

adjective

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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