Definition of Dunkirk

1. Noun. 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"

Generic synonyms: Crisis

2. Noun. A seaport in northern France on the North Sea; scene of the evacuation of British forces in 1940 during World War II.
Exact synonyms: Dunkerque
Generic synonyms: Port, Town

3. 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.
Exact synonyms: Dunkerque
Generic synonyms: Evacuation, Amphibious Operation
Group relationships: Second World War, World War 2, World War Ii
Geographical relationships: France, French Republic

Definition of Dunkirk

1. Proper noun. A town in Nord-Pas de Calais, France ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Dunkirk

Dundee cake
Dungeness crab
Dungeness crabs
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Dunkirk spirit
Duns Scotus
Duplay's disease
Dupre's muscle
Dupuy-Dutemps operation
Dupuytren's amputation
Dupuytren's canal

Literary usage of Dunkirk

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1. History of the Commonwealth and Protectorate, 1649-1656 by Samuel Rawson Gardiner (1903)
"tion of his government on the subject of dunkirk. Yet the chance of gaining English aid against Spain was too alluring to be lightly dismissed. ..."

2. Franklin in France by Edward Everett Hale (1886)
"THE PRIVATEERS FROM dunkirk. THE old town of dunkirk was always a breeding-place for ... Even in the time of the crusades did fleets fit out in dunkirk. ..."

3. Franklin in France: From Original Documents, Most of which are Now Published by Edward Everett Hale, Benjamin Franklin (1887)
"THE PRIVATEERS FROM dunkirk. THE old town of dunkirk was always a breeding-place for ... Even in the time of the crusades did fleets fit out in dunkirk. ..."

4. Merchants' Magazine and Commercial Review by William B. Dana (1849)
"dunkirk, an important seaport of France, lies upon the Dover Straits, in lat. ... dunkirk is the nearest French seaport to London, being but 42 leagues ..."

5. Philosophical Transactions by Royal Society (Great Britain) (1791)
"The Longitudes of dunkirk and Paris from Greenwich, deduced from the Triangular ... nearly in the latitude of dunkirk; and this independent of any ..."

6. The Cambridge Modern History by Adolphus William Ward, George Walter Prothero (1904)
"The relief of dunkirk The position he had to face was a serious one. ... The English insisted on laying siege to dunkirk ; at the same moment Frederick ..."

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