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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 ?
"The time's past for you to cut and run for a place like the Klondike, and singing won't buy you nothing."
"I bet I could go to that Klondike place and pick up enough gold to buy back the Tarwater lands."
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.
After the laundry my sister and her husband grubstaked me into the Klondike. It was the first gold rush into that region, the early fall rush of 1897.
Johnson, their nearest neighbor and the one who supplied them with milk, proclaimed him a Klondike dog.
With him came the first bull-dog that had ever entered the Klondike. That this dog and White Fang should come together was inevitable, and for a week the anticipated fight was the mainspring of conversation in certain quarters of the town.
Den he's goin' to shoot snow-birds in de Klondike. He says yer told him not to send 'round no more pink notes nor come hangin' over de garden gate, and he takes dis means of puttin' yer wise.
The Klondike had not yet been discovered, nor had the miners of the Yukon learned the possibilities of deep digging and wood-firing.