Meaning of “gulf” in the English Dictionary

"gulf" in British English

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uk /ɡʌlf/ us /ɡʌlf/

gulf noun (AREA)

B2 [ C ] a very large area of sea surrounded on three sides by a coast:

the Gulf of Mexico
the Gulf [ S ]

the Persian Gulf and the countries around it:

The Gulf states include Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, Oman, Qatar, and the UAE.

[ C ] formal a very large, deep hole in the ground

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  • The island is in the Gulf of Mexico.
  • Warships are heading towards the Persian Gulf.
  • The hurricane caused enormous devastation across the islands in the gulf.
  • The river flows into the Gulf of St. Lawrence.
  • The Gulf suffered severe oil pollution as a result of the war in 1991.

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

"gulf" in American English

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gulfnoun [ C ]

us /ɡʌlf/

gulf noun [ C ] (AREA)

an area of sea surrounded on three sides by land:

the Gulf of Mexico/the Gulf Coast
the Gulf Stream

gulf noun [ C ] (DIFFERENCE)

an important difference between two things or groups of people:

There is a widening gulf between the rich and the poor.

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