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

  • Maginot, André 1877-1932. French politician who as minister of war (1922-1924 and 1929-1932) proposed a line of fortification, called the Maginot Line, along France's border with Germany. Thought to be impregnable, the line was bypassed and later captured by the Germans (1940).

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  • n. French politician who proposed the Maginot Line (1877-1932)


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