• synonyms

gold rush

  1. a large-scale and hasty movement of people to a region where gold has been discovered, as to California in 1849.
Show More

Origin of gold rush

An Americanism dating back to 1875–80
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for gold rush

Contemporary Examples of gold rush

Historical Examples of gold rush

  • He taught me the game of cribbage, and the old game of gold-rush days—solo.

    I Married a Ranger

    Dama Margaret Smith

  • Then, more than forty years ago, came the gold-rush away up in the Stikine River country.

    The Hunted Woman

    James Oliver Curwood

  • After the gold-rush of 1849 new types of reapers sprang up on all sides.

    The Romance of the Reaper

    Herbert Newton Casson

  • At the very commencement of the gold-rush a hole had been sunk in Deadman's Flat, and soon afterwards deserted.


    B. L. (Benjamin Leopold) Farjeon

  • But Virginia had an advantage which the far west of the gold-rush days lacked.

British Dictionary definitions for gold rush

gold rush

  1. a large-scale migration of people to a territory where gold has been found
Show More
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012