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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR MORE GOLDEN

Miss Maliphant's charms are golden—are not Joyce's more golden still?

Only a few stars were out, they were larger and more golden than usual.

Thereafter, my days and nights were more golden than ever with dreams.

There is no golden age of art; only artists who have produced what is more golden than gold.

Then Venice is rosier than ever in the morning and more golden than ever as the day descends.

And his whiskers were even longer and thicker and more golden than Taffy's own.

Very like the preceding, but more golden color on the back and wings.

More golden opportunities than those he has had, no man ever had.

There are no more golden or black-bellied plover in these parts.

One thing I know, that, when the hen is starved to death, there will be no more golden eggs.

WORD ORIGIN

c.1300, "made of gold," from gold + -en (2); replacing Middle English gilden, from Old English gyldan. Gold is one of the few Modern English nouns that form adjectives meaning "made of ______" by adding -en (e.g. wooden, leaden, waxen, olden); Old English also had silfren "made of silver," stænen "made of stone."

As a color from late 14c. Figurative sense of "excellent, precious, best" is from late 14c. Golden mean "avoidance of excess" translates Latin aurea mediocritas (Horace). Golden age, period of past perfection, is from 1550s, from a concept found in Greek and Latin writers; in sense of "old age" it is from 1961. The moralistic golden rule earlier was the golden law, so called from 1670s.

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