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 Big Bend Holiday Hotel offers restored casitas and motel rooms in Terlingua ghost town near the company store and museum and Starlight Theatre bar and restaurant. Joe Yogerst, CNN, 16 June 2021 The street has gone from ghost town to the site of major Black Lives Matter protests to the current rebound, which is one of the strongest in the city. Justin Lahart, WSJ, 5 June 2021 The besieged country farming community is well on its way to becoming a ghost town, and there's the ever-looming threat of a single spark causing a brush fire that will burn everything down. Lindsey Bahr, Star Tribune, 19 May 2021 Last year at this time, the Las Vegas Strip was virtually a ghost town. Dennis Rudner, San Antonio Express-News, 11 May 2021 The Covid-19 pandemic might have made a ghost town out of Manhattan, but lots of wealthy Manhattan residents simply moved to their homes in the Hamptons. Krisztian Sandor, Forbes, 6 Apr. 2021 That's better than last year's fans-free season but a ghost town compared to recent years, when attendance has averaged more than 31,000. Chris Foran, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 29 Mar. 2021 Years later, the ghost town’s buildings have been submerged by flood waters from the dam but can still be spotted by eagle-eyed scuba divers and snorkelers. Jennifer Nalewicki, Smithsonian Magazine, 22 Mar. 2021 Darayya in Syria was rendered a ghost town by Asaad’s regime after civic resistance — becoming a town of rubble where a mere 12,000 starving survivors clung on. Carolyn Wells, Longreads, 22 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of ghost town

1931, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of ghost town was in 1931

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20 Jun 2021

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“Ghost town.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of ghost town

: a town that no longer has any people living in it : an abandoned town

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Kids Definition of ghost town

: a town where all the people have left

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