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

  • A town of northern Egypt on the Mediterranean Sea. In a decisive battle of World War II the British forces under Bernard Montgomery defeated Erwin Rommel's German troops here in November 1942.

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  • proper n. A Mediterranean port town in northern Egypt. During World War II, two major battles were fought around El Alamein.

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

  • n. a village to the west of Alexandria on the northern coast of Egypt; the scene of a decisive Allied victory over the Germans in 1942
  • n. a pitched battle in World War II (1942) resulting in a decisive Allied victory by British troops under Montgomery over German troops under Rommel


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