Definition of gilded youth in English:

gilded youth


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

    ‘a new bar trying to attract the gilded youth of London’
    • ‘Her murder shattered many illusions, exposing the dark underside of this exotic world, and triggered a debate about the morals of India's gilded youth.’
    • ‘The writers have avoided the commonplace and discovered a rich language for these gilded youth.’
    • ‘Indeed, if the book has an underlying theme, it is to refute the standard tabloid image of Dublin's gilded youth as badly behaved hedonists.’
    • ‘In all this Yang is the epitome of the gilded youth of pre-WWII China who received an education in the West before coming home to face deprivation and civil war.’
    • ‘I was at an upmarket chiringuito (beach bar) in the midst of a crowd of extremely gilded youth, sipping a cuba libre and listening to loud music.’


Late 19th century: translating jeunesse dorée.