- 1A deep inlet of the sea almost surrounded by land, with a narrow mouth.More example sentences
- 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.
- 1.1 (the Gulf) informal name for Persian Gulf.
- 2A deep ravine, chasm, or abyss.More example sentences
- The canyons - or gulfs, as the local people call them - are each about five miles long and 800 feet deep and are rimmed almost continuously by sheer sandstone cliffs.
- It wasn't so much a gulf in class, more like a Grand Canyon-style chasm.
- 3A large difference or division between two people or groups, or between viewpoints, concepts, or situations: the widening gulf between the rich and the poorMore example sentences
- 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.
late Middle English: from Old French golfe, from Italian golfo, based on Greek kolpos 'bosom, gulf'.