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.

Nearby words

  1. gold field,
  2. gold fixing,
  3. gold foil,
  4. gold leaf,
  5. gold medal,
  6. gold mining,
  7. gold note,
  8. gold plate,
  9. gold point,
  10. gold record

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

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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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