Dunkirk


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Dun·kirk

 (dŭn′kûrk′) or Dun·kerque (dœN-kĕrk′)
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).

Dun•kirk

(ˈdʌn kɜrk)

n.
a seaport in N France: site of the evacuation of Allied forces under German fire 1940. 73,618.
French, Dun•kerque (dœ̃ˈkɛrk)
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Dunkirk - a crisis in which a desperate effort is the only alternative to defeat; "the Russians had to pull off a Dunkirk to get out of there"
crisis - an unstable situation of extreme danger or difficulty; "they went bankrupt during the economic crisis"
2.Dunkirk - a seaport in northern France on the North Sea; scene of the evacuation of British forces in 1940 during World War II
3.Dunkirk - 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
Second World War, World War 2, World War II - a war between the Allies (Australia, Belgium, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Czechoslovakia, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Ethiopia, France, Greece, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, India, Iran, Iraq, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Norway, Panama, Philippines, Poland, South Africa, United Kingdom, United States, USSR, Yugoslavia) and the Axis (Albania, Bulgaria, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Rumania, Slovakia, Thailand) from 1939 to 1945
France, French Republic - a republic in western Europe; the largest country wholly in Europe
Translations

Dunkirk

[dʌnˈkɜːk] NDunquerque m

Dunkirk

[dʌnˈkɜːrk] nDunkerque
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It was, in fact, a small craft from Dunkirk bound for Boulogne.
*Sandy hills about Dunkirk, from which it derives its name.
of France, at his own personal expense, fit out whaling ships from Dunkirk, and politely invite to that town some score or two of families from our own island of Nantucket?
He pretended to be looking at the window of the Little Dunkirk, over the way, but with cautious glances towards our house.
He departed for Calais, and having reached that place in safety, it might have been supposed that he went to Dover; but instead he took the diligence to Dunkirk, and thence travelled to Brussels, for which place he had a former predilection.
Victor went successively to Morlaix, to Dunkirk, and to Brighton; whenever he returned from a trip he would bring her a present.
I had two elder brothers, one of whom was lieutenant-colonel to an English regiment of foot in Flanders, formerly commanded by the famous Colonel Lockhart, and was killed at the battle near Dunkirk against the Spaniards.
Recently, the 'The Dark Knight Rises' helmer gave a final push to 'Dunkirk' at CineEurope and received a great welcome.
VETERAN Arthur Taylor channelled the spirit of Dunkirk when he led a parade of marching bands and World War II vehicles through the French port town.
Aboard one little ship, the Thames passenger vessel Princess Freda, were Dunkirk veterans Garth Wright, 95, from Plymouth, and Michael Bentall, 94, who came over from Canada for the anniversary.
There, in your Dunkirk hotel room, is a sign reading: 'Plan d'Evacuation.' If only the mass evacuation of 338,000 Allied soldiers from the beaches of Dunkirk 75 years ago had been as easy as finding the emergency staircase at the Hotel Borel.
Churchill took Britain through the horrendous Dunkirk Evacuation: then the subsequent Battle of Britain that summer; followed by the terrifying bombing 'Blitz' unleashed on British cities in the run-up to Christmas.