forty niner

forty-niner

[fawr-tee-nahy-ner]
noun
a person, especially a prospector, who went to California in 1849 during the gold rush.

Origin:
1850–55, Americanism

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forty-niner
 
n
1.  (US) (sometimes capital) history a prospector who took part in the California gold rush of 1849
2.  49er a type of dinghy, designed to be crewed by two people

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