Word of the Day Archive
Friday July 29, 2011
1. Characterized by an ornate style of writing or speaking.
2. Golden or gilded.
3. Brilliant; splendid.
"Nothing in the aureate language of the English poets can match the splendid virtuosity of Ane Ballat of Our Lady."
-- Whitney French Bolton, The Middle Ages
"Scholasms, by the way, may be divided into two classes: aureate terms and inkhorn terms."
-- Charles Harrington Elster, There's a Word for It!: A Grandiloquent Guide to Life
Aureate originally comes from the Latin aureus, "golden."