Definitions

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

Etymologies

From Dutch Duinkerke, from duin ("dune") + kerk ("church") (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • DUNKIRK - For the second time in just more than a month, authorities put an end to a cockfighting ring in Dunkirk on Thursday.

    Post-Journal

  • DUNKIRK - A Buffalo man was arraigned Tuesday and charged with murder in the shooting death of a Dunkirk resident.

    Post-Journal

  • ‡ The term Dunkirk is sometimes used to signify a desperate retreat.

    Dunkirk

  • Laurie, a young British soldier recovering from devastating wounds suffered at Dunkirk, is loved by two men: Andrew, the beautiful and virginal Quaker orderly who cares for him in the hospital, and Ralph, a schoolmate once expelled for homosexuality, who now resurfaces as a handsome naval officer.

    Walk-In Closet

  • The test was done after the prologue in Dunkirk last weekend.

    USATODAY.com - Top riders beat pack by more than 30 minutes

  • And that one PIREP was located near Dunkirk, which is well south of Buffalo, and it was for severe ice.

    CNN Transcript Feb 16, 2009

  • At last Governor Shirley of Massachusetts resolved to attack it, and we may judge of the esteem in which Pepperell was held, by the fact that he was appointed to lead an expedition against a fortress deemed impregnable by the French, and known as the Dunkirk of

    American Sketches 1908

  • It may well be called the Dunkirk of the Western world.

    French and English A Story of the Struggle in America

  • The other noteworthy fact in connexion with the Dunkirk was the capture on board of her of one of the seven sailors who had deserted from the

    The Cruise of the Alabama and the Sumter

  • Well, got my posting: Some place called Dunkirk, plenty of Vino and girls (so I've heard), nothing much going on there ....

    Army Rumour Service

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