Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of, relating to, made of, or containing gold.
  • adj. Having the color of gold or a yellow color suggestive of gold.
  • adj. Lustrous; radiant: the golden sun.
  • adj. Suggestive of gold, as in richness or splendor: a golden voice.
  • adj. Of the greatest value or importance; precious.
  • adj. Marked by peace, prosperity, and often creativeness: a golden era.
  • adj. Very favorable or advantageous; excellent: a golden opportunity.
  • adj. Having a promising future; seemingly assured of success: a golden generation.
  • adj. Of or relating to a 50th anniversary.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Made of, or relating to, gold.
  • adj. Having a colour or other richness suggestive of gold.
  • adj. Marked by prosperity, creativity etc.
  • adj. Advantageous or very favourable.
  • adj. Relating to a fiftieth anniversary.
  • v. To become golden (in colour).
  • v. To make golden or like gold.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Made of gold; consisting of gold.
  • adj. Having the color of gold.
  • adj. Very precious; highly valuable; excellent; eminently auspicious.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Made of gold; consisting of gold.
  • Of the color or luster of gold; yellow; bright; shining; splendid: as, the golden sun; golden fruit: sometimes poetically used of blood.
  • Hence Excellent; most valuable; very precious: as, the golden rule.
  • Most happy or prosperous; marked by great happiness, prosperity, or progress: as, the golden age.
  • Preëminently favorable or auspicious: as, a golden opportunity.
  • In arithmetic, the rule of three. See rule.
  • To become golden in color.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. suggestive of gold
  • adj. supremely favored
  • adj. having the deep slightly brownish color of gold
  • adj. made from or covered with gold
  • adj. marked by peace and prosperity
  • adj. presaging or likely to bring good luck

Etymologies

From Middle English golden, a restored form (due to the noun gold) of earlier Middle English gulden, gylden, gilden ("golden"), from Old English gylden ("golden"), from Proto-Germanic *gulþīnaz (“golden, made of gold”), equivalent to gold +‎ -en. Cognate with Dutch gouden ("golden"), German gülden, golden ("golden"), Danish gylden ("golden"). More at gold. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Thus too a German writer who desired to tell of the golden shoes with which the folly of Caligula adorned his horse could scarcely avoid speaking of _golden_ hoof-_irons_.

    English Past and Present

  • The crowning touch was added to this delirious moment of festival by the simply scandalous distribution of golden coin, _golden_ mind you, which attendants clothed in every colour of an Egyptian sunset, and mounted upon diminutive, but pure bred donkeys, threw right and left with no stinting hand, to the distribution of which largesse responded shrill laughter, and still shriller cries, and thwack of stick on dark brown pate and cries of pain upon the meeting of youthful ivories in the aged ankle or wrist.

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  • There you would see a regular 'golden company.'"{21a} One jester told me that this was no longer a company, but a _golden regiment_: so greatly had their numbers increased.

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  • II. iii.117 (452,3) Here, lay Duncan,/His silver skin lac'd with his golden blood] Mr. Pope has endeavoured to improve one of these lines by substituting _goary blood_ for _golden blood_; but it may easily be admitted that he who could on such an occasion talk of _lacing the silyer skin_, would _lace it_ with _golden blood_.

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  • I love the term "golden monkeys" in relation to child actors, but it's what kept my parents from letting me pursue my passion professionally until I graduated college errr...until I graduate college...in a year.

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  • Textbooks on technical analysis cite Japan as the origin of the phrase "golden cross" and its counterpart, "the dead cross," in which the 50-day moving average goes below the 200-day moving average.

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  • Whoever it was who came up with the phrase "golden years" might have had Bruce Malkenhorst Sr. in mind.

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  • ‡ The term golden handshake means essentially the same thing: “The principal accepted the golden handshake in lieu of being demoted to assistant principal.

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  • Comparisons to bonefish in terms of their skittishness and strength have earned carp the nickname golden ghost.

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  • California-chic gives new meaning to the term golden girl.

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