Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • See Ieper.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. A city in Flanders, Belgium; or, the municipality containing this city.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. battle in World War I (1917); an Allied offensive which eventually failed because tanks bogged down in the waterlogged soil of Flanders; Germans introduced mustard gas which interfered with the Allied artillery
  • n. battle in World War I (1915); Germans wanted to try chlorine (a toxic yellow gas) as a weapon and succeeded in taking considerable territory from the Allied salient
  • n. battle in World War I (1914); heavy but indecisive fighting as the Allies and the Germans both tried to break through the lines of the others

Etymologies

From the French Ypres. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Most of the casualties occurred not only in Ypres but almost behind it.

    Chemistry in War Time

  • It was for us a great military comfort to know that you were with the English, near the French, to support our great cause; and we knew what your men had done in Ypres, and in Flanders, in the first attack against the Germans.

    The German Occupation of Belgium

  • Returning to Vlamertinghe just before dawn, his motor-car, which had been hit at St. Jean, "stalled" and came to a standstill at the greatest danger spot on the whole road, namely, at "The Devil's Corner" in Ypres – a spot that since the beginning of the battle had been subjected to continuous shell fire.

    War Story of the Canadian Army Medical Corps

  • The name of Ypres is being hammered into the history of Canada.

    War Story of the Canadian Army Medical Corps

  • By ten o'clock the next morning the Dressing Station in Ypres was no longer tenable.

    War Story of the Canadian Army Medical Corps

  • – At 11 a.m. shells fell in Ypres, close to our dressing station: shrapnel and pieces of shell fell at irregular intervals.

    War Story of the Canadian Army Medical Corps

  • This force was promptly sent, and the record of their gallant service in the retreat from Mons, in the battle of the Marne, and in the first battle of Ypres, is one of the most glorious in the annals of our race.

    Britain's Effort

  • But Ypres is majestic in death, poor Nieuport gruesomely comic.

    Fighting France

  • – 7.45 a.m.: Major Hardy reports from D.S. in Ypres that they were under continuous shell fire all night, and that as soon as he could evacuate all the wounded he was going to move the D.S.

    War Story of the Canadian Army Medical Corps

  • One should not leave Belgium without visiting Ypres, that is if he wants to know what a highly respectable and thriving small city of

    The Automobilist Abroad

Wordnik is becoming a not-for-profit! Read our announcement here.

Comments

Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.