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Date: 1300-1400
Language: French
Origin: golfe, from Greek kolpos 'arms folded around, bay'

gulf

noun
     
Related topics: Geology, Geography
gulf W3 [countable]
1SG a large area of sea partly enclosed by land:
the Gulf of Mexico
2

the Gulf

the Arabian Gulf, or the countries next to it:
the smaller Gulf states
3 a great difference and lack of understanding between two groups of people, especially in their beliefs, opinions, and way of life [= gap]
gulf between
the huge gulf between management and unions
a growing gulf between old and young

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