[ awr-ee-it, -eyt ]
/ ˈɔr i ɪt, -ˌeɪt /


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

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British Dictionary definitions for aureate


/ (ˈɔːrɪɪt, -ˌeɪt) /


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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