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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
References in classic literature ?
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.
The author's memories of seaside holidays in the 1960s are contrasted with his uncle's memories of the Dunkirk seaside of 1940, using alternating double-page spreads, the pictures of each era mirroring each other.
Summary: Veterans have gathered on Dunkirk beach to mark the 70th anniversary of the famous troop evacuation.
Dunkirk 1940: Operation Dynamo is a 'must' for any detailed World War II collection, filling a gap in the publisher's coverage of the war and focusing entirely on the Battle of Dunkirk in 1940, when German forces successfully cut off several units of Allied troops, stranding them in Dunkirk.
IT'S 70 years since these old soldiers were saved from the Dunkirk beach - and yesterday they returned to honour the comrades who did not make it home.
CEREMONIES marking the 70th anniversary of the Dunkirk evacuation took a sombre turn yesterday with one of the the most infamous atrocities of the war remembered.