Definition of jeunesse dorée in English:

jeunesse dorée

Pronunciation /ZHəˌnes dôˈrā/ /ʒəˌnɛs dɔˈreɪ/


treated as singular or plural
  • Fashionable, wealthy young people.

    ‘Perfume manufacturers loom surprisingly large in our surviving sources: they had a fixed place in the Athenian Agora where the jeunesse dorée congregated.’
    • ‘He lived in the circles of the jeunesse dorée who had turned away from the ideals of early Rome and embraced Hellenistic Greek culture.’
    • ‘The jazz age's jeunesse dorée flocked to the hotel, and it became the centre of the dirty weekend.’
    • ‘On account of HN being all of three weeks old and thus Manchester It bar of the moment, la jeunesse dorée du Nord were out in full effect.’


Mid 19th century French, literally ‘gilded youth’.