The Gulf coast. Originally used to refer to the Texas coast and sometimes Texas in general, it now has expanded to generally mean the entire American region bordering the Gulf of Mexico.

While the term has been used for several decades in business names and catch phrases, the recent attention that Southern Hip Hop music has garnered has brought it into the limelight.
"The South is hip-hop's Third Coast, the final element making up the genre's worldwide holy trinity."
by JayJay Jackson April 22, 2006
Third Coast is a term to describe the highly urbanized stretch of U.S. cities and large towns along the Great Lakes shoreline. This area is generally considered to be bordered by Southeast Wisconsin on the West and Upstate New York on the East.

It is referred to as the Third Coast because politically and socially, it aligns more with coastal states than the rest of so-called "Middle America." It also shares a lot of physical similarities (such as beaches) which are commonly thought to only exist on the coasts.

Recently, residents of Chicago have tried to claim their city alone is synonymous with Third Coast. However, it actually refers to the entire Great Lakes region as there are a number of entities in the business and entertainment world outside of Chicago (especially in Wisconsin, Michigan and Ohio) that identify themselves as "Third Coast."

Some of the major cities in this region are Buffalo, Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit, Milwaukee and Pittsburgh.

(Please note that similar to how Philadelphia is considered East Coast even though it's not actually on the ocean, a city does not actually have to be on the Great Lakes to be considered part of the Third Coast.)

See Also: North Coast
No wonder they call this the Third Coast, the lakes are so huge that they look like oceans.
by illwauk October 13, 2007

"Third coast" likely refers to the idea that the US population tends to be higher on the east and west costs, and that Chicago, lying on the shores of Lake Michigan, is the third largest city in the U.S.
The Third Coast Press is Chicago's Progressive News Source.

Nestled in the heart of Chicago's Gold Coast at the corner of Dearborn & Goethe is the Third Coast Cafe.

The Third Coast International Audio Festival was created by Chicago Public Radio.

Reason to boast on the 'Third Coast' by Michael Burnham - 3.29.06: The Windy City is home to the nation’s first skyscraper to achieve a Gold Core & Shell rating from the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) program.
by Geraldine April 22, 2006
Chicago, IL (aka the best city in the world because we have beaucoup freshwater.)
"Coast to coast, LA to Chicago." -Sade
"NYC = East Coast, LA = West Coast, Chi = Third Coast"
by HOOLY April 22, 2006
Gulf coast of Texas and Louisiana. Refers to a genre of music including Austin-based alt-country, folk, and zydego.
The third coast radio program plays artists like Robert Earl Keene, and Buckwheat Zydego.
by NikkLou April 22, 2006
Gulf coast, began in the days of rap with the whole east coast (first), west coast (second) rivalry.
I'm third coast born!
by 420island April 24, 2006
This term was used by Nashville music insiders 30 years ago to refer to Nashville and the country music business. There was even a bar called "The Third Coast."
Some west coast people are popping down to the third coast to do lunch.
by Janelight April 22, 2006
1third coast
2dirty third
3a term for texas
block bleedin in tha dirty third
by hustle town February 28, 2005
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