gold mine



a mine yielding gold.
a source of great wealth or profit, or any desirable thing.
a copious source or reserve of something required: a gold mine of information about antiques.

Origin of gold mine

late Middle English word dating back to 1425–75 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for gold-mine

bonanza, vein, Eldorado, Golconda

Examples from the Web for gold-mine

Historical Examples of gold-mine

  • If it is, I would rather own that property than any gold-mine I know of.'

  • Have you any more of the gold-mine stock you offered me some time ago?


    Anna Balmer Myers

  • Porportuk was bourgeois, and Porportuk bought him out of the gold-mine.

    Lost Face

    Jack London

  • She represented his gold-mine, without which he had no means of living.

  • And when Gustus is twenty-one he will have half the money that came from the gold-mine.

    The Magic World

    Edith Nesbit

British Dictionary definitions for gold-mine

gold mine


a place where gold ore is mined
a source of great wealth, profit, etc
Derived Formsgold-miner, noungold-mining, noun
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Word Origin and History for gold-mine

late 15c., from gold + mine (n.). Figurative use by 1882.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with gold-mine

gold mine

A rich, plentiful source of wealth or some other desirable thing, as in That business proved to be a gold mine, or She's a gold mine of information about the industry. [First half of 1800s]

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