Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • A resort district of Brooklyn, New York, on the Atlantic Ocean, famous for its boardwalk and amusement park featuring souvenir stands, thrilling rides, and numerous eating places.
  • n. Informal A frankfurter served in a bun with condiments, especially meat sauce and onions.

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  • proper n. A specific neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York, known for its boardwalk and amusement parks.
  • n. A hot dog.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a section of Brooklyn on the Atlantic; known as an amusement center

Etymologies

From Dutch Konijneneiland, 'island of rabbits'. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • We've got our own thrill rides right in that seedy urban backyard we refer to as Coney Island.

    An Amusement Peak

  • A crowd estimated at 75,000 gathered in Coney Island, which is said to be the birthplace of fast food.

    The Fourth on Coney Island

  • On Saturday, we had our monthly RWA NYC meeting, where we voted that our July Outing would take place in Coney Island, which is exciting but totally unexpected.

    Archive 2008-06-01

  • A Coney Island is a restaurant that, contrary to what you might have been told, does not cater to Detroiters nostalgic for merry go rounds they have those in Detroit and in nearby Dearborn and other quaint NYC-type entertainments.

    Archive 2006-02-01

  • And it will pay you, by the way, to go out to Coney Island, which is a different place from any you have seen before.

    The Adventures of a Boy Reporter

  • I went along the shore to Coney Island, which is separated from Long Island only by a creek, and around the point, and came inside not far from a village called Gravesant, [128] and again home.

    Journal of Jasper Danckaerts, 1679-1680

  • He had two studies where he read; one was the top of an omnibus, and the other a small mass of sand, then entirely uninhabited, far out in the ocean, called Coney Island ....

    Poems By Walt Whitman

  • New York City has a number of historic carousels: a restored 1908 carousel in Central Park; a carousel dating to 1912 in Prospect Park; the 92-year-old B&B Carousell in Coney Island, which is being restored and is expected to return to Coney Island in 2013.

    NYT > Home Page

  • Among them are 82-year-old Abe Feinstein, who has lived since the early 1960s on the eighth floor of a building that overlooks the famed boardwalk of Coney Island, which is in the evacuation zone and was alive with residents and visitors Friday.

    The Seattle Times

  • The Santos family calls Coney Island their summer home, and long before noon they were settling in for the day.

    New York News, Weather, Sports & Traffic - WCBSTV.com

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