Definition of forty-niner in English:


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Pronunciation: /fɔːtiˈnʌɪnə(r)


A seeker for gold in the California gold rush of 1849.
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  • During the great California gold rush of 1849, thousands of forty-niners made fortunes mining gold.
  • Beyond the sudden wealth, the celebrity criminals, and a few famous writers, the forty-niners ushered California into the modern age with an environmental disaster of the first magnitude.
  • We identified the person in the photograph as Mary McCloskey, a young girl who sought her fortune in the California goldfields as a forty-niner.

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