I always thought that if something is made of gold, it is a gold thing, if it looks like gold but might not be, it is golden. But looking in the dictionary, I can see I was wrong.
made of gold, or the colour of gold
For "golden" it reads in also:
made of gold
Example sentences for gold:
She always does her presents up beautifully in gold and silver paper.
She was wearing a gold Lurex top with a pink mini skirt.
There are a couple of fish with blue markings, and a few more with gold stripes down the side.
- I understand in those examples "gold" refers to the color but why it is not golden?
- How would the meaning change if I put "golden" there?
- How to tell which one should I use?