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  1. bright, metallic, or lustrous like gold; of the color of gold; yellow: golden hair.

  2. made or consisting of gold: golden earrings.

  1. exceptionally valuable, advantageous, or fine: a golden opportunity.

  2. having glowing vitality; radiant: golden youth.

  3. full of happiness, prosperity, or vigor: golden hours; a golden era of exploration.

  4. highly talented and favored; destined for success: television's golden boy.

  5. richly soft and smooth: a golden voice.

  6. indicating the fiftieth event of a series: a golden wedding anniversary.

Origin of golden

Middle English word dating back to 1225–75; see origin at gold, -en2

Other words for golden

Other words from golden

  • gold·en·ly, adverb
  • gold·en·ness, noun
  • un·gold·en, adjective

Words that may be confused with golden

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Other definitions for Golden (2 of 2)

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  1. a city in central Colorado. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use golden in a sentence

  • I pictured him as slim and young looking, smooth-faced, with golden curly hair, and big brown eyes.

    The Boarded-Up House | Augusta Huiell Seaman
  • Centurus aurifrons dubius (Cabot): golden-fronted Woodpecker.

  • No man should regard the subject of religion as decided for him until he has read The golden Bough.

    God and my Neighbour | Robert Blatchford
  • He set down as the second the golden rule, “Whatsoever ye would that men should do unto you, do ye even so to them.”

    The Giant of the North | R.M. Ballantyne
  • And he himself brought her the golden-brown bouillon, in a dainty Sevres cup, with a flaky cracker or two on the saucer.

British Dictionary definitions for golden


/ (ˈɡəʊldən) /

  1. of the yellowish or brownish-yellow metallic colour of gold: golden hair

  2. made from or largely consisting of gold: a golden statue

  1. happy or prosperous: golden days

  2. (sometimes capital) (of anniversaries) the 50th in a series: Golden Jubilee; golden wedding

  3. informal very successful or destined for success: the golden girl of tennis

  4. extremely valuable or advantageous: a golden opportunity

Derived forms of golden

  • goldenly, adverb
  • goldenness, noun

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