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

  • A section of coastal western Africa along the Gulf of Guinea roughly corresponding to present-day Ghana. It was named for the large quantities of gold formerly found in the area and brought to the coast for sale.
  • A former British colony (1874-1957) on the Gold Coast, now part of Ghana.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. A city in southeast Queensland, Australia
  • proper n. A former British colony in Africa, consisting of what is now Ghana

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. a part of the coast of Guinea, in West Africa.

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

  • n. a republic in West Africa on the Gulf of Guinea
  • n. a rich neighborhood noted for expensive homes and luxurious living; usually along a coastal area


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  • The northern territory had always seemed like an afterthought, even in the days when the colony was known as the Gold Coast.


  • In Ghana, which was known as the Gold Coast under British rule, Kwarteng says the presence of the British government was minimal.


  • All the homes at Pebble are decent, but Lacob's little stretch of fairway is known as the Gold Coast, because the views and homes there make other Pebble denizens feel like pikers.

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  • Kwarteng's father was educated in what was then called the Gold Coast, in a leafy Anglican school emulating the English public school, down to its Winchester-educated English headmaster, becoming an administrator of post-imperialism as a Commonwealth Secretariat economist.

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  • THE NEIGHBORHOOD: The house sits at the corner of Lyon and Broadway, a part of Pacific Heights known as the Gold Coast, thanks to the eight-figure homes and neighbors like Gordon Getty and Larry Ellison .

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  • In 1928, they both accompanied ethnologist Gulla Pfeffer and film director Dr. Friedrich Dalsheim on an expedition to Ghana (then known as the Gold Coast).

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  • The strip of Hudson County along the waterfront is called the Gold Coast thanks to a near thirty year influx of condo-dwelling Wall Street workers.

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