Gilded Age Definition

The period in American history from about 1870 to 1900, during which rapid industrialization, a labor pool swelled by immigration, and minimal governmental regulation allowed the upper classes to accumulate great wealth and enjoy opulent lifestyles.
American Heritage
A period of U.S. history in the 1870s noted for political corruption, financial speculation, and the opulent lives of wealthy industrialists and financiers.
Webster's New World

Origin of Gilded Age

  • After the 1873 novel The Gilded Age: A Tale of Today by Mark Twain and Charles Dudley Warner (1829–1900), American author

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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