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 (vər-dŭn′, vĕr-dœn′)
A city of northeast France on the Meuse River west of Metz. Dating to Roman times and an important Carolingian commercial center, it was the site of a prolonged World War I battle (February-December 1916) in which French forces repelled a massive German offensive. The total casualties have been estimated at more than 700,000. The city was rebuilt after the war.


(French vɛrdœ̃; English ˈvɛədʌn)
1. (Placename) a fortified town in NE France, on the Meuse: scene of the longest and most severe battle (1916) of World War I, in which the French repelled a powerful German offensive. Pop: 19 624 (1999). Ancient name: Verodunum
2. (Historical Terms) Treaty of Verdun an agreement reached in 843 ad by three grandsons of Charlemagne, dividing his empire into an E kingdom (later Germany), a W kingdom (later France), and a middle kingdom (containing what became the Low Countries, Lorraine, Burgundy, and N Italy)


(vɜrˈdʌn, vɛr-)

1. a city in NE France, on the Meuse River. 26,927.
2. a city in S Quebec, in SE Canada. 60,246.
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Noun1.Verdun - a battle in World War I (1916); in some of the bloodiest fighting in World War I the German offensive was stopped
First World War, Great War, War to End War, World War 1, World War I - a war between the allies (Russia, France, British Empire, Italy, United States, Japan, Rumania, Serbia, Belgium, Greece, Portugal, Montenegro) and the Central Powers (Germany, Austria-Hungary, Turkey, Bulgaria) from 1914 to 1918
France, French Republic - a republic in western Europe; the largest country wholly in Europe
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Conversely, Verdun cast the pale of the First World War on France.
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His other works include Junge Frau von 1914 (1931; Young Woman of 1914), De Vriendt kehrt Heim (1932; De Vriendt Goes Home), Erziehung vor Verdun (1935; Education Before Verdun ), and Einsetzung eines Konigs (1937; The Crowning of a King), each of which pursues the fortunes of characters introduced in Sergeant Grischa .
Verdun only tried skydiving for the first time last year, aged 100, but the British record was not enough for him.
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