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Klon·dike 1

A region of Yukon Territory, Canada, just east of Alaska and traversed by the Klondike River, about 160 km (100 mi) long. Gold was discovered here in August 1896, leading to the gold rush of 1897-1898 in which more than 30,000 people sought their fortune in the frozen north.

Klon·dike 2

A form of solitaire in which 28 cards are laid out in seven piles and the player moves through the remainder of the deck one or three cards at a time. The objective is to remove the aces and build sequential stacks sorted by suit ascending up to king.

[From Klondike (perhaps because the game became popular around the time of the Klondike gold rush ).]




old-fashioned chiefly Canadian a rich source of something
vb (tr)
chiefly Scot to transfer (bulk loads of fish) to factory ships at sea for processing


1. (Placename) a region of NW Canada, in the Yukon in the basin of the Klondike River: site of rich gold deposits, discovered in 1896 but largely exhausted by 1910. Area: about 2100 sq km (800 sq miles)
2. (Placename) a river in NW Canada, rising in the Yukon and flowing west to the Yukon River. Length: about 145 km (90 miles)
Also spelt: Klondyke


(ˈklɒn daɪk)

1. a region of the Yukon territory in NW Canada: gold rush 1897–98.
2. a river in this region, flowing into the Yukon. 90 mi. (145 km) long.
3. (l.c.) a variety of solitaire.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Klondike - a region in northwestern Canada where gold was discovered in 1896 but exhausted by 1910Klondike - a region in northwestern Canada where gold was discovered in 1896 but exhausted by 1910
Yukon Territory, Yukon - a territory in northwestern Canada; site of the Klondike gold rush in the 1890s
2.klondike - a form of solitaire that begins with seven piles of cards with the top cards facing up; descending sequences of cards of alternating colors are built on these piles; as aces become available they are placed above the seven piles; the object is to build sequences in suit from ace to king as the remaining cards are dealt out one at a time
patience, solitaire - a card game played by one person
References in classic literature ?
They reached Circle City on the very day when some Siwash Indians came into the settlement with the report that there had been a rich gold strike farther up the river, on a certain Klondike Creek.
He had written a veritable encyclopedia upon the subject, a book that was nearly as big as himself--And then there was a young author, who came from California, and had been a salmon fisher, an oyster-pirate, a longshoreman, a sailor; who had tramped the country and been sent to jail, had lived in the Whitechapel slums, and been to the Klondike in search of gold.
He had mushed dogs in the Klondike, washed gold from the sands of Nome, and edited a newspaper in San Francisco.
The Klondike had not yet been discovered, nor had the miners of the Yukon learned the possibilities of deep digging and wood-firing.
It was the summer of 1898, and thousands of gold- hunters were going up the Yukon to Dawson and the Klondike.
After the laundry my sister and her husband grubstaked me into the Klondike.
Yes," came the answer, "but I assure you I didn't come into the Klondike to practise.
Like Trefethan, he was another mining engineer who had cleaned up a fortune in the Klondike.
The time's past for you to cut and run for a place like the Klondike, and singing won't buy you nothing.
I'll try Jack's ranch awhile and top off with the Klondike and whiskey.
And this was the manner of dog Buck was in the fall of 1897, when the Klondike strike dragged men from all the world into the frozen North.
But gold is gold, from Phoenicia to Klondike, and if we cleared the room we should eventually do very well.