Definition of golden age in English:

golden age


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

    • ‘Critics could rightly charge that the report had waxed nostalgic about an imaginary golden age.’
    • ‘The citizens imagine an ideal golden age without the need for labour.’
    • ‘But the good stuff survives and most of the lousy and mediocre stuff disappears, and people remember golden ages that never were.’
    • ‘Of course Cracow was our medieval historical capital and it symbolised to us the golden age of Polish history.’
    • ‘Elsewhere, the empire is generally considered to have been enjoying a golden age of tranquillity and prosperity.’
    • ‘But the evidence proves the Mesolithic was hardly a golden age of peace and universal goodwill between people.’
    • ‘In order for society to advance, the theory went, it needed to go back to some golden age in the past.’
    • ‘They looked back longingly to a mythical golden age in a medieval past.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Are these events recorded to tantalise us with a past golden age in which we can have no part?’
    • ‘However, like all golden ages, the Danish one was something of an illusion, as the title of this book implies.’
    • ‘It's a glimpse into the golden age of kings, a lost world of luxury, political scheming, extravagance and hedonism.’
    • ‘Now, the golden age of Cordoba is evoked as a symbol of the harmony that might be possible in the future.’
    • ‘Arthur legends have an apocalyptic tone to them: once upon a time, there was a golden age, now lost.’
    • ‘The golden age was a constant springtime of pleasure, peace, and contentment.’
    • ‘The truth is that the golden age isn't exactly imaginary.’
    • ‘They hate the dynamism and boundless optimism of its people while they are static and look backward to an imagined golden age.’
    • ‘It is an imperialist movement, yearning for an imagined golden age which it hopes to recreate.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Most of the rest of the media seemed to join in, yearning for a lost golden age.’
    1. 1.1The period when a specified art, skill, or activity is at its peak.
      ‘the golden age of cinema’
      • ‘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 past thirty years have been a golden age for the study of cognitive development.’
      • ‘That leaves grunge, which is indeed emerging as a golden age of rock, perhaps the genre's last hurrah.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Everyone accepts that the 1970s were a golden age for American cinema.’
      • ‘The golden age of building in Shanghai was the period between the two world wars.’
      • ‘Research has shown that knowledge of this art had its golden age at some remote period in the past.’
      • ‘The 17th and 18th centuries saw a golden age of frame-making develop in France.’
      • ‘Commentators always assume there was a golden age of cinema that must have passed them by.’
      • ‘History has already anointed the 1970s as the last golden age of American cinema.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Opening the new season on January 27 is That'll be the Day, a riotous romp through the golden age of rock 'n' roll.’
      • ‘The 19th century was a golden age for wine writing in Britain.’
      • ‘Julius says the next 100 years are going to be a glorious golden age of maths, of science.’
      • ‘Comedy is supposedly enjoying a national golden age at the moment.’
      • ‘It's an homage to both the history of the building and the golden age of cinema.’


Mid 16th century: the Greek and Roman poets' name for the first period of history, when the human race lived in an ideal state.


golden age

/ˈɡōldən āj/