Definition of golden age in English:

golden age

Pronunciation /ˈɡōldən āj/ /ˈɡoʊldən eɪdʒ/

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  • 1An idyllic, often imaginary past time of peace, prosperity, and happiness.

    ‘he hankered after a lost golden age’
    • ‘Critics could rightly charge that the report had waxed nostalgic about an imaginary golden age.’
    • ‘But the evidence proves the Mesolithic was hardly a golden age of peace and universal goodwill between people.’
    • ‘Elsewhere, the empire is generally considered to have been enjoying a golden age of tranquillity and prosperity.’
    • ‘They looked back longingly to a mythical golden age in a medieval past.’
    • ‘The truth is that the golden age isn't exactly imaginary.’
    • ‘Are these events recorded to tantalise us with a past golden age in which we can have no part?’
    • ‘Most of the rest of the media seemed to join in, yearning for a lost golden age.’
    • ‘In the south there was often a hankering for a past golden age on the reserves, with a rich communal life, some farming and a blended culture.’
    • ‘Of course Cracow was our medieval historical capital and it symbolised to us the golden age of Polish history.’
    • ‘Now, the golden age of Cordoba is evoked as a symbol of the harmony that might be possible in the future.’
    • ‘The citizens imagine an ideal golden age without the need for labour.’
    • ‘It is an imperialist movement, yearning for an imagined golden age which it hopes to recreate.’
    • ‘They hate the dynamism and boundless optimism of its people while they are static and look backward to an imagined golden age.’
    • ‘The golden age was a constant springtime of pleasure, peace, and contentment.’
    • ‘It's a glimpse into the golden age of kings, a lost world of luxury, political scheming, extravagance and hedonism.’
    • ‘In order for society to advance, the theory went, it needed to go back to some golden age in the past.’
    • ‘But the good stuff survives and most of the lousy and mediocre stuff disappears, and people remember golden ages that never were.’
    • ‘However, like all golden ages, the Danish one was something of an illusion, as the title of this book implies.’
    • ‘Arthur legends have an apocalyptic tone to them: once upon a time, there was a golden age, now lost.’
    • ‘But I'd like a report twenty years or so from now, when you may well look back on this time as a golden age.’
    1. 1.1The period when a specified art, skill, or activity is at its peak.
      ‘the golden age of cinema’
      • ‘It celebrates not only Christmas but the artistic and commercial peak of the golden age of popular song writing.’
      • ‘She is like a screen siren from the golden age of cinema - composed, elegant and glamorous.’
      • ‘Research has shown that knowledge of this art had its golden age at some remote period in the past.’
      • ‘Everyone accepts that the 1970s were a golden age for American cinema.’
      • ‘It's an homage to both the history of the building and the golden age of cinema.’
      • ‘History has already anointed the 1970s as the last golden age of American cinema.’
      • ‘Commentators always assume there was a golden age of cinema that must have passed them by.’
      • ‘Comedy is supposedly enjoying a national golden age at the moment.’
      • ‘The golden age of building in Shanghai was the period between the two world wars.’
      • ‘The past thirty years have been a golden age for the study of cognitive development.’
      • ‘So many greats in an era that we now know was the last golden age of heavyweight boxing, an era over which he reigned supreme.’
      • ‘The 19th century was a golden age for wine writing in Britain.’
      • ‘The 17th and 18th centuries saw a golden age of frame-making develop in France.’
      • ‘That leaves grunge, which is indeed emerging as a golden age of rock, perhaps the genre's last hurrah.’
      • ‘Opening the new season on January 27 is That'll be the Day, a riotous romp through the golden age of rock 'n' roll.’
      • ‘It is clearly a handsome design from an era some proclaim to be the technical golden age of Scottish housebuilding.’
      • ‘Yet this big screen resurgence cannot compare to the original golden age.’
      • ‘The senior band of 35 plays a wide range of music from the golden age of swing to more up tempo and funky numbers.’
      • ‘Indeed, the past eight years may come to be regarded as something of a golden age of American democracy.’
      • ‘Julius says the next 100 years are going to be a glorious golden age of maths, of science.’


Late Middle English the Greek and Roman poets' name for the first period of history, when the human race lived in an ideal state.