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Difference between Golden age and Golden years

golden age

1. a period of ideal prosperity and happiness:

  • The reign of Charles IV was a Golden Age in Czech history. The end of this period, however, brought economic and political strife to the area.

2. said of a period in which smth. specific is at its highest state of excellence:

  • The beginning of the jet age in aircraft was a “golden age” in aviation. I did not realize it at the time.

3. (euph.) old age:

  • This lover of children certainly has a story to tell about the ups and downs of her life as she attains the golden age of 60.

golden years — = golden age 3:

  • They are addressed as “senior citizens” and congratulated on their attainment of the “golden years.”