WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
au•re•ate  (ôrē it, -āt′),USA pronunciation adj. 
  1. golden or gilded.
  2. brilliant;
    splendid.
  3. characterized by an ornate style of writing or speaking.
aure•ate•ly, adv. 
aure•ate•ness, n. 
  • Late Latin aureātus decorated with gold, equivalent. to Latin aure(us) golden, of gold (aur(um) gold + -eus adjective, adjectival suffix) + -ātus -ate1
  • late Middle English aureat 1400–50


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

aureate /ˈɔːrɪɪt -ˌeɪt/ adj
  1. covered with gold; gilded
  2. (of a style of writing or speaking) excessively elaborate or ornate; florid
Etymology: 15th Century: from Late Latin aureātus gilded, from Latin aureus golden, from aurum gold



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