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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Word History

First Known Use

1894, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of ghost town was in 1894

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Cite this Entry

“Ghost town.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition

ghost town

: a town deserted because some natural resource has been used up

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