- 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
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- a city in central Colorado.
Examples from the Web for golden
But on Thursday Boxer triggered a Golden State political earthquake, announcing that she would not seek a fifth term in 2016.The Golden State Preps for the ‘Red Wedding’ of Senate Races
January 9, 2015
The former Virginia governor was once the golden boy of the GOP.2014 Was a Delectably Good Year for Sleaze
December 30, 2014
And the series was implausibly shut out by both the Golden Globe and SAG Awards.‘The Comeback’ Finale: Give Lisa Kudrow All of the Awards
December 29, 2014
Congratulations on your Golden Globe nomination for Best Director.Ava DuVernay on ‘Selma,’ the Racist Sony Emails, and Making Golden Globes History
December 15, 2014
“The golden age of Parisian smiles nurtured, and was nurtured by, the rise of dentistry as a vocation,” writes Jones.The French Court’s Royal Ban on Smiles
December 14, 2014
The edge of the garment was curiously wrought with golden palm leaves.
The whole rested on a golden image of Atlas, bending beneath the weight.
July 25, 1889, Mr. and Mrs. Gladstone celebrated their "Golden Wedding."The Grand Old Man
Richard B. Cook
I was palsied with doubt, and the golden moments were fleeting, were fleeting.The Bacillus of Beauty
That is nothing at all in comparison with Rico's wedding in the 'Golden Sun.'Rico and Wiseli
- of the yellowish or brownish-yellow metallic colour of goldgolden hair
- made from or largely consisting of golda golden statue
- happy or prosperousgolden days
- (sometimes capital) (of anniversaries) the 50th in a seriesGolden Jubilee; golden wedding
- informal very successful or destined for successthe golden girl of tennis
- extremely valuable or advantageousa golden opportunity
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]