[awr-ee-it, -eyt]


golden or gilded.
brilliant; splendid.
characterized by an ornate style of writing or speaking.

Origin of aureate

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 formsau·re·ate·ly, adverbau·re·ate·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for aureate

Historical Examples of aureate

  • It was after the Restoration that the aureate earth at Kinneff was dug up.

  • 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 golden statue veered in the changing breeze, menacing many points on the horizon with its aureate arrow.

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

    The Ship Dwellers

    Albert Bigelow Paine

British Dictionary definitions for aureate



covered with gold; gilded
of a golden colour
(of a style of writing or speaking) excessively elaborate or ornate; florid
Derived Formsaureately, adverbaureateness, noun

Word Origin for aureate

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).

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