from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n.pl. A time of youth, innocence, and inexperience: "my salad days,/When I was green in judgment, cold in blood” ( Shakespeare).
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- n. A period of inexperienced youthful innocence accompanied by enthusiasm and idealism.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n.pl. a period when a person is young and inexperienced.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the best time of youth
He had no childhood; his salad days were bitter herbs; his later life was one wild tempest of ambition frustrated, of love unsated or unreturned, of friendship misprized or thought to be misprized.
But the quality in Shelley and in George Sand which bewitched even the austere Matthew Arnold in his green and salad days is the poetising of that liberative eighteenth century philosophy into "beautiful idealisms" of a love emancipated from human limitations, a love exalted to the height of its gamut by the influences of nature, triumphantly seeking its own or shattered in magnificent despair.