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golden years

plural noun
the years of retirement, normally after age 65.
Origin of golden years
First recorded in 1950-55 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Immediately the Pope pressed still further, and multiplied the golden years one upon another.

    The Smalcald Articles Martin Luther
  • Would he let the golden years of his youth slip by, without laying any foundation for independence?

    Cedar Creek Elizabeth Hely Walshe
  • He should be realizing the golden years of college life, the glad comradeship of the campus.

    T. Haviland Hicks Senior J. Raymond Elderdice
  • It was when he realized that he was spending the golden years of his life gibbering round a stage with a lot of black men.

    Flappers and Philosophers F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • The human mind can never be satisfied with the mere assurance that sooner or later the golden years will come.

Contemporary definitions for golden years

the time after one's retirement


They volunteered to do archaeological fieldwork in their golden years.'s 21st Century Lexicon
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