ghost town


Definition of ghost town

: a once-flourishing town wholly or nearly deserted usually as a result of the exhaustion of some natural resource

Examples of ghost town in a Sentence

After all the gold was mined, the place became a ghost town.
Recent Examples on the Web But when artillery shells began peppering the village outskirts, every week spent in the ghost town felt more futile. Louisa Loveluck, Washington Post, 15 May 2022 There’s no better way to get in the Halloween spirit than with a ghost tour in a ghost town. Roger Naylor, The Arizona Republic, 23 Sep. 2021 The enchanting storybook wedding took place at Colorado's Dunton Hot Springs, a luxury ranch situated in a former 1800s ghost town. Leena Kim, Town & Country, 9 Sep. 2021 Guests stayed in a faux ghost town, with a mining office, bank, sheriff’s office and saloon. Jennifer Maloney, WSJ, 1 Aug. 2021 Inside a refurbished schoolhouse in a ghost town on New Mexico’s rural eastern plains, Debra Dawson sits on the side of her bed. Samuel Gilbert, Outside Online, 16 May 2020 Splash landing expeditions, mini golf, water wars, playsets, walking trails, ghost town village, 5-acre maze, games and more. Luann Gibbs, The Enquirer, 7 Oct. 2021 Anh Do, Valley Boulevard, L.A.'s Chinese main street, was a ghost town in 2020. Los Angeles Times, 6 July 2022 By the time a citywide shutdown went into effect two months later, Chinatown had become a virtual ghost town, along with similar Asian communities across the United States. Washington Post, 10 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of ghost town

1894, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of ghost town was in 1894

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7 Aug 2022

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“Ghost town.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Aug. 2022.

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Kids Definition of ghost town

: a town where all the people have left

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