- Denoting, made of, or having the color of gold.
- (Of language) Highly ornamented or elaborate.
“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 that was at odds with the author’s quiet reputation.”
“The final rays of sunlight cast the restaurant patio in an aureate glow.”
Latin, 15th century
Why this word?
When describing language, “aureate” means “fancy” or “elaborate,” while the process of aureation describes how languages evolve. When one language is improved or heightened by borrowing from another, that’s called “aureation.” Loanwords — words that have been pulled into English from another language with little or no alteration — are considered a form of aureation.
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