Definition of gulf in English:


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Pronunciation: /gʌlf


  • 1A deep inlet of the sea almost surrounded by land, with a narrow mouth.
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    • The land companies began to dredge canals through the marshlands, opening easy access from the settled towns on land to the gulf.
    • Dangerous Reef, located at the mouth of the gulf, is home to the great white shark.
    • The day before, I'd taken a tour boat for a ten-hour wildlife cruise into the gulf and fjords west of town.
    inlet, creek, bight, fjord, estuary, sound, arm of the sea; bay, cove; Scottish firth, frith; in Orkney & Shetland voe
    technical ria
    rare fleet, armlet
  • 1.1 (the Gulf) informal name for Persian Gulf.
  • 3A large difference or division between two people or groups, or between viewpoints, concepts, or situations: the widening gulf between the rich and the poor
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    • Just pointing out that there's a wide gulf of difference between the scientific theory of evolution and the way evolutionary dogma gets perceived by the masses.
    • The activities of these aggressive and communal forces further widen the gulf between different communities.
    • The two sides remain sharply polarised, and periodic attempts to bridge the wide gulf between them have fizzled out.
    divergence, contrast, polarity, divide, division, separation, difference, wide area of difference; schism, breach, rift, split, severance, rupture, divorce; chasm, abyss, gap
    rare scission


late Middle English: from Old French golfe, from Italian golfo, based on Greek kolpos 'bosom, gulf'.

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