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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n.pl. A time of youth, innocence, and inexperience: "my salad days,/When I was green in judgment, cold in blood” ( Shakespeare).

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  • n. A period of inexperienced youthful innocence accompanied by enthusiasm and idealism.

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  • n.pl. a period when a person is young and inexperienced.

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  • n. the best time of youth

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Coined by William Shakespeare.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Coined by William Shakespeare, in Anthony and Cleopatra, act 1, sc. 5: (Wiktionary)

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  • Refers to the days of carefree innocence and pleasure of one's youth.

    Origin: Shakespeare's Anthony and Cleopatra, 1606:

    CLEOPATRA: My salad days,
    When I was green in judgment: cold in blood,
    To say as I said then! But, come, away;
    Get me ink and paper:
    He shall have every day a several greeting,
    Or I'll unpeople Egypt.

    September 15, 2007