The Great Gatsby (2013 Film)

The Great Gatsby (2013 Film) Glossary

Prohibition

A constitutional ban on the sale of alcoholic beverages from 1920 to 1933.

Yale University

a prestigious Ivy League university regarded as one of the best colleges in the United States

chauffeur

a person employed to drive a private car

billionaire

as an expression - a person posessing a huge sum of money (exceeding a billion dollars)

Oxford

A prestigious university in England

sanitarium

A facility for treatment of a chronic illness (often psychological)

veranda

A roofed platform or balcony outside of a house

bonds

In finance, a form of debt security

Wall Street

An eight block neighborhood in South Manhattan where a number of financial institutions operate, metonymic for the broader American financial market.

Rise of the Colored Empires

A racist book that Tom Buchanan is reading about the rise of non-white races.

Kaiser Wilhelm

A German emperor and king of Prussia who played a large role in WWI.

The Charleston

A popular dance in the 1920s.

Hydroplane

A light motorboat that moves quickly, gliding just at the surface of the water.

fix

In gambling, a method of determining the outcome of an event so as to ensure that you will win

ransack

To plunder; to search a place in order to take whatever is of value

scamper

Running with quick, little steps, often because of anxiety or anticipation

The Plaza

A fancy hotel in New York City

a row

A dramatic fight

kike

A derogatory word for a Jewish person

swindler

Someone who scams people for money