Definitions

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

  • n. A golden image of a sacrificial calf fashioned by Aaron and worshiped by the Israelites.
  • n. Money as an object of worship; mammon.
  • n. The subject of intense veneration: "Arms control . . . has evolved [into] the golden calf of liberalism” ( Patrick J. Buchanan).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A golden image of a calf, made by Aaron and worshipped by the Israelites.
  • n. Money as an end in itself; mammon.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. (Old Testament) an idol made by Aaron for the Israelites to worship; destroyed by Moses; it is now used to refer to anything worshipped undeservedly

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Examples

  • A companion of this Marshal's told the people that “the Scripture was their golden calf and they danced round it.”

    The Life of John Milton

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