- the most flourishing period in the history of a nation, literature, etc.
- 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.
- (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).
- the period in life after middle age, traditionally characterized by wisdom, contentment, and useful leisure.
- the age at which a person normally retires.
Origin of golden age
First recorded in 1545–55
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- classical myth the first and best age of mankind, when existence was happy, prosperous, and innocent
- the most flourishing and outstanding period, esp in the history of an art or nationthe golden age of poetry
- 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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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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