[ gol-kon-duh ]

  1. a ruined city in S India, near the modern city of Hyderabad: capital of a former Muslim kingdom; famous for its diamond cutting.

  2. (often lowercase) a rich mine or other source of great wealth.

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How to use Golconda in a sentence

  • Golconda was reached on the evening of the following day—four hundred and seventy-eight miles from San Francisco.

    Ocean to Ocean on Horseback | Willard Glazier
  • The marquis did not reply; he was overwhelmed by what he beheld; it seemed to him that he saw the treasures of Golconda.

    A Modern Aladdin | Howard Pyle
  • For, of course, when one hears of Golconda one is bound to think it good, failing evidence to the contrary.

    Somehow Good | William de Morgan
  • Mr. Camperdown assured him that no diamonds more real had ever come from Golconda, or passed through Mr. Garnett's hands.

    The Eustace Diamonds | Anthony Trollope
  • Then followed the visit to Golconda and its tombs of wax-like Jaypur marble, with their arabesqued cupolas and lacery in stone.

British Dictionary definitions for Golconda


/ (ɡɒlˈkɒndə) /

  1. a ruined town and fortress in S central India, in W Andhra Pradesh near Hyderabad city: capital of one of the five Muslim kingdoms of the Deccan from 1512 to 1687, then annexed to the Mogul empire; renowned for its diamonds

  2. (sometimes not capital) a source of wealth or riches, esp a mine

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