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Etymology 1Edit

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, gulden (golden), German gülden, golden (golden), Danish gylden (golden). More at gold.


golden (comparative more golden or goldener, superlative most golden or goldenest)

  1. Made of, or relating to, gold.
    She wore a golden crown.
    • 1749, Henry Fielding, The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling
      And now the concern which Partridge felt at being obliged to quit the warm chimney-corner, and a cup of excellent liquor, was somewhat compensated by hearing that he was to proceed no farther on foot, for Jones, by golden arguments, had prevailed with the boy to attend him back to the inn whither he had before conducted Sophia []
  2. Having a colour or other richness suggestive of gold.
    Under a golden sun.
  3. Marked by prosperity, creativity etc.
    The Renaissance was a golden era.
    the Golden Horseshoe
  4. Advantageous or very favourable.
    This is a golden opportunity
    • 2011 October 20, Jamie Lillywhite, “Tottenham 1 - 0 Rubin Kazan”, in BBC Sport[1]:
      ... a seasoned Champions League outfit, who beat Barcelona at the Nou Camp in 2009-10 and continually worked their way between the home defence to create some golden opportunities.
  5. Relating to a fiftieth anniversary.
    It's not long until our golden wedding.
  6. Relating to the elderly or retired.
    After retiring, Bob and Judy moved to Arizona to live out their golden years.
  7. (Britain, slang) Fine, without problems.
    • 2007, Colin Barr, Steve Katai, The Complete Idiot's Guide to Triathlon Training, Penguin ISBN 9781440625671, page 28
      Many anti-fog variety goggles are available, but if you don't get that type, just rub a little spit on the lenses before you put them on in the water and you'll be golden.
    • 2009, Mark Wiskup, Presentation S.O.S.: From Perspiration to Persuasion in 9 Easy Steps, Hachette UK ISBN 9780446568760
      Therefore, the task ahead is easy. When the spotlight is on you, never let the audience down and you'll be golden.
    • 2011, Wayne R. Dempsey, 101 Projects for Your Porsche Boxster, Motorbooks ISBN 9781610607957, page 68
      If all of the marks line up perfectly, then you're golden, and you can continue on with finishing up the installation.
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golden (plural goldens)

  1. Kyphosus vaigiensis, a fish found in southeast Asia.

Etymology 2Edit

From gold +‎ -en, or perhaps a derivation from the adjective above.


golden (third-person singular simple present goldens, present participle goldening, simple past and past participle goldened)

  1. (intransitive) To become gold or golden (in colour).
  2. (transitive) To make golden or like gold.
    • 1994, Marion H. Hedges, Iron City:
      It goldened, as nothing else goldened, the commonplace countryside.






  1. plural past indicative and subjunctive of gelden



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Gold +‎ -en



golden (comparative goldener, superlative am goldensten)

  1. golden; gold (made of gold)
  2. golden (gold-coloured)



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