gold·​field ˈgōl(d)-ˌfēld How to pronounce goldfield (audio)
: a gold-mining district

Examples of goldfield in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There were swaths of goldfields and pockets of other wildflowers there, but the tall, thick grass fueled by rainstorms crowded the views. Raul Roa, Los Angeles Times, 15 May 2024 At Los Padres National Forest along the Central California coast, swaths of California poppies, California buttercups, purple shooting stars and goldfields fill the slopes. Summer Lin, Los Angeles Times, 8 Apr. 2024 The orphan bachelors were the men who, during that period, came to work in America’s goldfields, on its railroads, or in its restaurants and laundries. Mae Ngai, The Atlantic, 26 Sep. 2023 Gold rush fever spread like lightning across the country, and the West Coast was inundated with fortune hunters impatient for their ride north, their chance at the goldfields. David Reamer | Alaska History, Anchorage Daily News, 25 June 2023 However, comfortable was no match for supposedly easy fortunes waiting in the Yukon goldfields. David Reamer | Alaska History, Anchorage Daily News, 29 May 2023 The monument’s dusty topography has erupted in color: yellow from the hillside daisies, goldfields and tidy tips, whose ends are frosted white; purple from the phacelia and wild hyacinth; azure splashes from the lupine and baby blue eyes. Alice Li, Washington Post, 3 May 2023 So the invasives can't handle it, but the goldfields are uniquely adapted to it. Christopher Intagliata, Scientific American, 3 May 2023 In California’s Central Valley, Purple phacelia and yellow goldfields abound at Carrizo Plain National Monument, a grassland roughly 70 miles west of Bakersfield. Laura Baisas, Popular Science, 17 Apr. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1848, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of goldfield was in 1848

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“Goldfield.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2024.

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