Meaning of “ghost town” in the English Dictionary

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"ghost town" in British English

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ghost townnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈɡəʊst ˌtaʊn/ us /ˈɡoʊst ˌtaʊn/

Examples from literature

  • As is true with many ghost towns, people moved to Bodie originally because of gold. 
  • Some American ghost towns still have a little life in them. 
  • You can find small, forgotten towns, called ghost towns, in many places in the western part of the United States. 

(Definition of “ghost town” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"ghost town" in American English

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ghost townnoun [ C ]

us /ˈɡoʊst ˌtɑʊn/

a town that was busy in the past but is now empty or nearly empty because the activities that kept people there have stopped

(Definition of “ghost town” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)