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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.
A dozen days later, carrying a half-empty canvas sack of blankets and old clothes, he landed on the beach of Dyea in the thick of the great Klondike Rush.
So, when the boat's built, he's the boss of the outfit to navigate the lakes and rapids to Klondike.
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 nearly ten years in the Klondike, Tiny returned, with a considerable fortune, to live in San Francisco.
After the laundry my sister and her husband grubstaked me into the Klondike.
When I state that I had passed coal on a steamship from Behring Sea to British Columbia, and travelled in the steerage from there to San Francisco, it will be understood that I brought nothing back from the Klondike but my scurvy.
Johnson, their nearest neighbor and the one who supplied them with milk, proclaimed him a Klondike dog.
We'd like to hear you tell about the Klondike," Madge said.
With him came the first bull-dog that had ever entered the Klondike.
The Klondike had not yet been discovered, nor had the miners of the Yukon learned the possibilities of deep digging and wood-firing.