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Thursday, July 16

Aureate

[OR-ee-eit]

Part of speech: adjective

Origin: Latin, 15th century

1.

Denoting, made of, or having the color of gold.

2.

(of language) highly ornamented or elaborate.

Examples of Aureate in a sentence

"The aureate exterior of her jewelry box was only a preview of what was inside."

"The book of poetry was written in an aureate style."

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About Aureate

A fortune teller might claim your aura is aureate, but they don't have the same etymology. Aura comes from the Latin for a breeze, while aureate, or gold, comes from the Latin "aurum," which, you guessed it, means gold.

Did you Know?

When describing language, aureate means fancy or elaborate. But the process of aureation describes how languages evolve. When one language is improved or heightened by borrowing from another, that's called aureation. Loan words are considered a form of aureation.

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