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golden age

noun
1.
the most flourishing period in the history of a nation, literature, etc.
2.
Classical Mythology. the first and best of the four ages of humankind; an era of peace and innocence that finally yielded to the silver age.
3.
(usually initial capital letters) a period in Latin literature, 70 b.c. to a.d. 14, in which Cicero, Catullus, Horace, Vergil, Ovid, and others wrote; the first phase of classical Latin.
Compare silver age (def 2).
4.
the period in life after middle age, traditionally characterized by wisdom, contentment, and useful leisure.
5.
the age at which a person normally retires.
Origin of golden age
1545-1555
First recorded in 1545-55
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  • The satirists of the golden age loved that cruel exercise of power.

    The American Mind Bliss Perry
  • Started the golden age of Greece with a loud blast of the horn of plenty.

  • The men of his golden age are no longer tribeless and nationless.

  • There is a tradition of a golden age, in which all things were spontaneous and abundant.

    Laws Plato
  • The golden age of prodigies is gone by, and, at all events, I have no faith in it.

    One Of Them Charles James Lever
British Dictionary definitions for golden age

golden age

noun
1.
(classical myth) the first and best age of mankind, when existence was happy, prosperous, and innocent
2.
the most flourishing and outstanding period, esp in the history of an art or nation: the golden age of poetry
3.
the great classical period of Latin literature, occupying approximately the 1st century bc and represented by such writers as Cicero and Virgil
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Idioms and Phrases with golden age

golden age

A period of prosperity or excellent achievement, as in Some consider the baroque period the golden age of choral music. The expression dates from the mid-1500s, when it was first applied to a period of classical Latin poetry.
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