Definition of the Klondike from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


the Klondike

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an area of the Yukon Territory of north-west Canada where gold was discovered in 1897. This led to the Klondike gold rush, in which about 30 000 people, many of them from the US, travelled to the Klondike in the hope of finding gold. Gold worth about $22 million was found in 1900, but the supply did not last long, and many people then moved on to Alaska. Charlie Chaplin's film The Gold Rush (1925) was based on this event.