forty-niner

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for·​ty-nin·​er | \ ˌfȯr-tē-ˈnī-nər How to pronounce forty-niner (audio) \

Definition of forty-niner

: one taking part in the rush to California for gold in 1849

First Known Use of forty-niner

1853, in the meaning defined above

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“Forty-niner.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/forty-niner. Accessed 8 Aug. 2022.

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forty-niner

noun
for·​ty-nin·​er | \ ˈfȯr-tē-ˈnī-nər \

Kids Definition of forty-niner

: a person in the California gold rush of 1849

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