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So I need a good synonym for the word golden. It should fit in a sentence like this:

The heat lamp at the restaurant gave the dish under it a golden spotlight

The words I have so far are either too far off, or out of context.

Looking through online thesauruses, I often get words like flaxen, brown, yellow, blonde, ochre, etc. Not exactly what I'm looking for as the golden in context is a shiny, brilliant type of golden.

Otherwise, on a more technical side, I found words like auric, auriferous and aureate. They either mean literally having the element Gold (aurum) in them or ornate, etc.

I'm really baffled here as golden sounds too simple, I need a more sophisticated term.

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    Don't look for simplicity or sophistication in single words. Use the words which mean what you want to say. – curiousdannii Feb 22 at 13:14
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    What do you really want to say? Is the color all that important? Might you use a word like "halo" instead, to describe the appearance of the light on the counter? – Hot Licks Feb 22 at 13:16
  • Just use 'yellow'. – Mitch Feb 22 at 13:21
  • Amber ...................... – Ricky Feb 22 at 13:23
  • I feel stupid now. Thank you for all the suggestions. – Jai Amruth Feb 22 at 13:24
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Luminous, if the color of the glow is not that important. Golden is the right word if you want to imply not merely warmth but richness or luxury (i.e., the dish looked more upscale or expensive than it really was). "Gave a spotlight" does not sound idiomatic to me. The heat lamp illumined the dish beneath it with a golden hue. The heat lamp aimed a golden-hued spotlight on the dish beneath it. It is unclear whether you are speaking of a specific dish under a heat lamp or implying that a number of dishes are under heat lamps at the restaurant: Heat lamps spotlighted the dishes beneath them with a golden aura.

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