One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘The jazz age's jeunesse dorée flocked to the hotel, and it became the centre of the dirty weekend.’
Mid 19th century: French, literally ‘gilded youth’.
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