Definition of golden in English:


Syllabification: gold·en
Pronunciation: /ˈgōldən


  • 1Colored or shining like gold: curls of glossy golden hair bake until golden
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    • Her eyes were alight, her hair flaxen, her golden skin shining with more than just the glow of youth.
    • His silver armor gleamed under the bright golden light that shone like a tiny sun high above in a dome-shaped ceiling.
    • She had beautiful golden hair that shone in the light of the room.
  • 2Made or consisting of gold: a golden crown
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    • The sultan escorted the prince, wearing a gold crown, to a golden chair on the dais.
    • A golden crown was upon my head, and my gown was flowing.
    • Prince Alvin was wearing a brilliant black, velvet tailcoat and black britches that looked stunning with his golden crown.
  • 3(Of a period) very happy and prosperous: those golden days before World War I
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    • The Epic Period was a golden era in Indian philosophical thought because of the tolerance of different opinions and teachings.
    • The last 10 years have been a golden period, with most players earning good money.
    • Tracy Noone has been the county's regular top scorer during the golden period from 1999, but missed last year on her American sabbatical.
    successful, prosperous, flourishing, thriving; favorable, providential, lucky, fortunate; happy, joyful, glorious
  • 3.1(Of an opportunity) very favorable: a golden opportunity to boost foreign trade
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    • The Chancellor has missed a golden opportunity to boost the Government's strategy to cut smoking rates and improve the nation's health.
    • The World Cup in Japan and South Korea is seen by the industry as a golden opportunity to attract new gamblers to online betting.
    • If you want a film career as expansive and successful as Michael Jackson's, perhaps you should consider looking into this golden opportunity.
    excellent, fine, superb, splendid; special, unique; favorable, opportune, promising, bright, full of promise; advantageous, profitable, valuable, providential
  • 4(Of a singing voice) rich and smooth: a choir of young golden voices
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    • Just then, a golden voice in his mind gave a suggestion.
    • He gave a low chuckle and the golden voice whispered in my ear.
    • Her golden voice gave me shivers up my spine for some unknown reason.
  • 5 Denoting the fiftieth year of something: the American Ballet Theater’s golden anniversary extravaganza
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    • October 1266 was thus an inauspicious moment to celebrate the first golden jubilee of an English monarch.
    • Sr Elizabeth was one of eight sisters celebrating their golden jubilee on that day.
    • The golden anniversary is one of the most celebrated wedding anniversaries.



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  • The upper cloth of Seetha's sari is goldenly silky and thus it will have a tinge of reddish brown hue, like the outer edge of the tongue of fire.
  • So evenly and crisply does it toast, so steamy and toasty is the smell that rises as it does, so perfectly and goldenly does it take the butter.
  • The rain ceased and the sun began to burst out goldenly now and again between the rents in the clouds, burnishing the gray seas with copper-hued radiance, and lighting up the mists that curtained the Island's red shores with gleams of gold foretokening a fine day after all.

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