Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th 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).

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A privateer vessel from Dunkirk in the seventeenth century.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • proper noun 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.

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  • proper noun A town in Nord-Pas de Calais, France

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

  • noun a seaport in northern France on the North Sea; scene of the evacuation of British forces in 1940 during World War II
  • noun a crisis in which a desperate effort is the only alternative to defeat
  • noun 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

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

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