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

  • n. A once thriving town, especially a boomtown of the American West, that has been completely abandoned.

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  • n. A town which has become deserted, usually due to failing economic activity.
  • n. An Internet forum that lacks active users.
  • n. Figurative. An artist who lacks a fanbase.

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  • n. a deserted settlement (especially in western United States)


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  • In the foul entry foyer the intercom had been stolen and the front door was open, swinging in the breeze like a batwing door in a ghost town saloon.

    Mistress of Justice

  • Fregellae had been a ghost town for eighty-five years, sacked by Lucius Opimius for rebelling against Rome in the days when the peninsula had been tesselated with Italian states interspersed with Roman “colonies” of citizens.

    Antony and Cleopatra

  • He drove over to the Sherman Oaks Galleria, which had gone from the coolest place in the world to semi – ghost town in one fell swoop after the ’94 quake.

    Counting Up, Counting Down

  • I am handcuffed behind my back and led to the ghost town of the East Dayroom.



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  • Don't forget the lovely Centralia, PA. :-(

    February 6, 2008

  • noun
    Date: 1931
    : a once-flourishing town wholly or nearly deserted usually as a result of the exhaustion of some natural resource


    Also as the result of an ecological disaster as in the Love Canal neighborhood of Niagara Falls, New York or Chernobyl

    February 6, 2008