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 (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).


(ˈdʌn kɜrk)

a seaport in N France: site of the evacuation of Allied forces under German fire 1940. 73,618.
French, Dun•kerque (dœ̃ˈkɛrk)
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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


[dʌnˈkɜːk] NDunquerque m


[dʌnˈkɜːrk] nDunkerque
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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?
Victor went successively to Morlaix, to Dunkirk, and to Brighton; whenever he returned from a trip he would bring her a present.
It was, in fact, a small craft from Dunkirk bound for Boulogne.
Sandy hills about Dunkirk, from which it derives its name.
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.
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.
TRIBUTE: Veterans and well-wishers salute the ships in Dunkirk MISTS OF TIME: The flotilla of ships arrives in Dunkirk yesterday, 70 years after their 1940 mission
Museum spokesman John Cave said: "The Scotia was requisitioned by the Navy to help carry British troops to France and was then used to evacuate troops from Dunkirk.
Dunkirk made his debut in January, when he was a runaway winner of a maiden special weight contest at Gulfstream.
The BBC's three part drama-documentary Dunkirk starts tonight.