forty-niner

[ fawr-tee-nahy-ner ]
/ ˌfɔr tiˈnaɪ nər /

noun

a person, especially a prospector, who went to California in 1849 during the gold rush.

Nearby words

  1. forty-first,
  2. forty-five,
  3. forty-four,
  4. forty-fourth,
  5. forty-nine,
  6. forty-niners,
  7. forty-ninth,
  8. forty-ninth parallel,
  9. forty-one,
  10. forty-second

Origin of forty-niner

An Americanism dating back to 1850–55

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British Dictionary definitions for forty-niner

forty-niner

noun

(sometimes capital) US history a prospector who took part in the California gold rush of 1849
49er a type of dinghy, designed to be crewed by two people
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