Definition of Dunkerque
1. Noun. A seaport in northern France on the North Sea; scene of the evacuation of British forces in 1940 during World War II.
2. Noun. 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.
Generic synonyms: Evacuation, Amphibious Operation
Group relationships: Second World War, World War 2, World War Ii
Geographical relationships: France, French Republic
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Literary usage of Dunkerque
Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:
1. Merchants' Magazine and Commercial Review by William B. Dana (1856)
"ALTERATION OF BUOYS IN dunkerque ROADS—NORTH SEA. The French government has given notice, that a new arrangement of the buoys in dunkerque ..."
2. A War Nurse's Diary: Sketches from a Belgian Field Hospital (1918)
"My friend and I had a memorable joy-ride to dunkerque. ... dunkerque is a wonderful city; one day all the shops are shut and barred, sand-bags block me ..."
3. Catalogue of the Manuscript Maps, Charts, and Plans, and of the by British Museum, British Museum Dept. of Manuscripts, John Holmes, Frederic Madden (1844)
"A colored plan of " dunkerque, sou port et son camp retranché en 1742"; ... A colored " plan de la ville et des environs de dunkerque ; avec les nouveaux ..."
4. A Handbook for Travellers in France: Being a Guide to Normandy, Brittany by John Murray (Firm) (1854)
"dunkerque nevertheless is the best harbour which France possesses in the N. Sea, ... dunkerque owes its origin to a chapel built by St. Eloi in the 7th ..."
5. The Penny Cyclopædia of the Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge by Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge (Great Britain), George Long (1840)
"The press is very active: fifteen newspaper* periodicals are published in the department.'' Lille, three at dunkerque, two each at I' ; and Valenciennes, ..."
6. The Observatory (1892)
"In the following year the longitude of dunkerque was determined in June and ... dunkerque is an important point in the French Survey for two reasons : it is ..."