- (idiomatic, euphemism) Old age; especially, the leisure years in later life after one has retired from employment.
- (idiomatic) The period during which someone or something flourishes.
- 1920 May 27, F[rancis] Scott Fitzgerald, “The Offshore Pirate”, in Flappers and Philosophers, New York, N.Y.: Charles Scribner’s Sons, published September 1920, OCLC 623621399 ↗, part III, page 19 ↗:
- Almost before Carlyle realized his good fortune he was on Broadway, with offers of engagements on all sides, and more money than he had ever dreamed of. It was when he realized that he was spending the golden years of his life gibbering round a stage with a lot of black men.
- (old age) twilight years, sunset years; see also Thesaurus:old age
- (period when someone or something flourishes) prime, golden age, heyday
- Italian: terza età, età senile, viale del tramonto
- French: âge d'or, années d'or
- Italian: età d'oro, periodo d'oro, apice, culmine, anni d'oro
- Portuguese: auge, ápice, anos dourados
- Spanish: cumbre, años dorados