Definitions

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

  • A region of Yukon Territory, Canada, just east of Alaska and traversed by the Klondike River, about 145 km (90 mi) long. Gold was discovered here in August 1896, leading to the gold rush of 1897-1898 in which more than 25,000 people sought their fortune in the frozen north. Small quantities of gold are still mined in the area.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A source of wealth or something else valuable.
  • proper n. A region and river in the Yukon Territory of Canada.
  • proper n. A particular solitaire card game, requiring ordering randomly ordered cards according to rank.

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

  • n. a region in northwestern Canada where gold was discovered in 1896 but exhausted by 1910
  • n. a form of solitaire that begins with seven piles of cards with the top cards facing up; descending sequences of cards of alternating colors are built on these piles; as aces become available they are placed above the seven piles; the object is to build sequences in suit from ace to king as the remaining cards are dealt out one at a time

Etymologies

From Klondike, a region in the Yukon territory of Canada that saw a gold rush. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • I oughter 'a ben in Klondike by now, if I'd had any luck at all.

    CHAPTER I

  • Dan Davidson, "'Jack London was not a racist,' says American Scholar" in Klondike Sun October 2, 1997: 1-3.

    Links to Jack London Related Sites: The World of Jack London

  • When he returned from the gold-strike in Klondike he came, as was his wont, to the large house to make report to old Klakee-Nah of all the world that he had seen; and there he first saw El-Soo, three years back from the Mission.

    The Wit of Porportuk

  • All of which may be ancient history so far as the Klondike is concerned, but very few, even in Dawson, know the inner truth of the matter; nor beyond those few are there any fit to measure the wife of the captain or the Greek dancer.

    Jack London Play:The Scorn of Women

  • "The Klondike is not all the world, and the best is yet to come."

    CHAPTER 21

  • She had even been in Klondike, ten years before, in a half-dozen flashing sentences picturing the fur-clad, be-moccasined miners sowing the barroom floors with thousands of dollars 'worth of gold dust.

    CHAPTER II

  • The effects of all this are obvious, and no fitter illustration may be presented than the fact that to-day, in the matter of communication, the Klondike is virtually nearer to Boston than was

    The Shrinkage of the Planet

  • The wheat output of Argentine or the gold of Klondike is known wherever men meet and trade.

    The Shrinkage of the Planet

  • This material can compare to the ones you got from being in Klondike; it's just as original.

    A GIFT TO LEO TOLSTOY

  • The word Klondike is said to be a mispronunciation of the Indian words

    The Great Round World and What Is Going On In It, Vol. 1, No. 41, August 19, 1897 A Weekly Magazine for Boys and Girls

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