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[awr-ee-it, -eyt] /ˈɔr i ɪt, -ˌeɪt/
golden or gilded.
brilliant; splendid.
characterized by an ornate style of writing or speaking.
Origin of aureate
late Middle English
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 Unabridged
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  • It was after the Restoration that the aureate earth at Kinneff was dug up.

    The Spell of Scotland

    Keith Clark
  • As though spellbound, Chichikov sat in an aureate world of ever-growing dreams and fantasies.

    Dead Souls Nikolai Vasilievich Gogol
  • And just across the area the sun was already beginning to wash all the roofs with its aureate light.

    The Rich Little Poor Boy Eleanor Gates
  • The golden statue veered in the changing breeze, menacing many points on the horizon with its aureate arrow.

    Sixes and Sevens

    O. Henry
  • Caiques carrying merchants to their homes somewhere along the upper shores were burnished with the aureate hue.

    The Ship Dwellers

    Albert Bigelow Paine
  • The aureate light, streaming on, beat full upon the howitzer and on the living and unwounded of its men.

    The Long Roll Mary Johnston
  • Here and there the falling golden leaves of a pomegranate made an aureate glow on the red-brown earth.

    The Fortunate Isles

    Mary Stuart Boyd
  • The night died suddenly and the day was upon them, an aureate god, lavish of splendor.

    Sir Mortimer Mary Johnston
British Dictionary definitions for aureate


/ˈɔːrɪɪt; -ˌeɪt/
covered with gold; gilded
of a golden colour
(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 aureate

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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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