- a sand hill or sand ridge formed by the wind, usually in desert regions or near lakes and oceans.
Origin of dune
Examples from the Web for dune
We lugged the beach stuff onto the beach, avoiding anything that resembled a dune.Why I Hate The Beach
P. J. O’Rourke
July 27, 2014
Renmark threw himself down on the soft sand at the foot of a dune.In the Midst of Alarms
What hae ye ever dune to gie a body ony richt to believe in ye?Heather and Snow
Neither Seth nor the housekeeper came out from behind that dune.
Then, above the edge of the dune, showed Seth's head and arm.
It's time I went on and got the dune tonic for my foolish nerves.Janet of the Dunes
Harriet T. Comstock
- a mound or ridge of drifted sand, occurring on the sea coast and in deserts
Word Origin and History for dune
1790, from French, Middle Dutch or Middle Low German dune, all perhaps from Gaulish *dunom (thus related to down (n.2)). The French dune "sand hill" (13c.) is held by Diez to be an Old French borrowing from Dutch duin or some other Germanic source. Italian and Spanish duna are from French. Dune buggy attested by 1965.