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[ver-duhn, vur-; French ver-dœn] /vɛrˈdʌn, vɜr-; French vɛrˈdœ̃/
a fortress city in NE France, on the Meuse River. A German offensive was stopped here in 1916 in the bloodiest fighting of World War I.
a city in S Quebec, in SE Canada. Unabridged
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  • But the French troops went to Verdun without the aid of railroads.

    The Iron Puddler James J. Davis
  • Here, as at Verdun, they did not pass; and the glory is that of every soldier in the ranks.

    1914 John French, Viscount of Ypres
  • Probably the greatest service which they rendered to the cause of the Allies was in the region north of Verdun.

    The Victory At Sea William Sowden Sims
  • The treaty of Verdun, in 843, divided the Empire between Charlemagne's three grandsons.

    Belgium Emile Cammaerts
  • He was kept in close confinement at Verdun for ten years, and when he was at last released, liberty was scarcely a boon to him.

  • This Verdun attack was undoubtedly made to keep Roumania out.

    Face to Face with Kaiserism James W. Gerard
  • The partition of Verdun separated once more, and definitively, the lands of the eastern and western Franks.

British Dictionary definitions for Verdun


/French vɛrdœ̃; English ˈvɛədʌn/
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 (ˌvɛrəˈdjuːnəm)
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)
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