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.

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The once bustling neighborhoods, made up of ancient mosques and homes hundreds of years old, now resemble ghost towns. Sophia Jones, Marie Claire, "The Truth About The Wives of ISIS," 4 Oct. 2018 But whole sections were razed in the same period, rendering it a virtual ghost town. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "If Beale Street Could Talk adapts James Baldwin’s novel into a haunting, gorgeous film," 18 Sep. 2018 That may be truer in Antelope Wells, the New Mexico ghost town where Caal Maquin’s group crossed, than anywhere else along the border. Dara Lind, Vox, "The death of 7-year-old Jakelin Caal Maquin in Border Patrol custody isn’t an isolated outrage," 18 Dec. 2018 These ghost towns offer a perfect environment for a guerrilla army to regroup, Knights said. Mustafa Salim, The Seattle Times, "ISIS is making a comeback in Iraq less than a year after Baghdad declared victory," 17 July 2018 Set in the Iranian ghost town of Bad City, a lonesome vampire that stalks the local residents. Ashley Nkadi, Teen Vogue, "15 Scary Movies Directed by Women Perfect for Halloween," 30 Oct. 2018 Construction has been continuing, too, in places like West Bay, which can still have the feel of a ghost town. Andrew Keh, New York Times, "The 2022 World Cup Plants Some Trees and Prepares to Step Into the Spotlight," 12 July 2018 The Lake County seat of Lakeport remained under evacuation orders and was a virtual ghost town, although people were allowed back home in several smaller communities as firefighters shored up containment lines. Fox News, "New fires erupt in Northern California; homes threatened," 1 Aug. 2018 Today, Santa Claus is a ghost town, inhabited by tumbledown buildings and families of rattlesnakes. Ashlea Halpern, Condé Nast Traveler, "Long Live Route 66," 19 July 2018

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First Known Use of ghost town

1931, in the meaning defined above

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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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