- a region of the Yukon territory in NW Canada: gold rush 1897–98.
- a river in this region, flowing into the Yukon. 90 miles (145 km) long.
- (lowercase) Cards. a variety of solitaire.
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Examples from the Web for klondike
From the streets to the minor details, Dawson City and the Klondike were able to truly come to life.
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Like most poor men with dreams of making it big, Klondike begins at a card table.
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- a region of NW Canada, in the Yukon in the basin of the Klondike River: site of rich gold deposits, discovered in 1896 but largely exhausted by 1910. Area: about 2100 sq km (800 sq miles)
- a river in NW Canada, rising in the Yukon and flowing west to the Yukon River. Length: about 145 km (90 miles)
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Word Origin and History for klondike
tributary of the Yukon River in northwestern Canada, from Kutchin (Athabaskan) throndiuk, said to mean "hammer-water" and to be a reference to the practice of driving stakes into the riverbed to support fish traps. Scene of a gold rush after 1896.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper