from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- A city of northern France on the North Sea. In World War II more than 330,000 Allied troops were evacuated from its beaches in the face of enemy fire (May-June 1940). Population: 69,500.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- proper n. A town in Nord-Pas de Calais, France
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- proper n. the name of a town and a battle fought there, in World War II (1940) when 330,000 Allied troops had to be evacuated from the beaches at Dunkirk in a desperate retreat under enemy fire. Most of the forces were safely evacuated to England.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A privateer vessel from Dunkirk in the seventeenth century.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a seaport in northern France on the North Sea; scene of the evacuation of British forces in 1940 during World War II
- n. a crisis in which a desperate effort is the only alternative to defeat
- n. an amphibious evacuation in World War II (1940) when 330,000 Allied troops had to be evacuated from the beaches in northern France in a desperate retreat under enemy fire
From Dutch Duinkerke, from duin ("dune") + kerk ("church") (Wiktionary)