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Verdun

[ver-duhn, vur-; French ver-dœn]
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noun
  1. 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.
  2. a city in S Quebec, in SE Canada.
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  • Was it not true that only the day before there had been a rumor that Bazaine was at Verdun?

    The Downfall

    Emile Zola

  • But this regiment, the 257th Infantry, is in garrison at Verdun!

    A Nest of Spies

    Pierre Souvestre

  • The train whistled, slowed down, entered the station of Verdun.

    A Nest of Spies

    Pierre Souvestre

  • It bore the Paris postmark: on it was drawn the route from Verdun to the frontier.

    A Nest of Spies

    Pierre Souvestre

  • At Verdun, along the entire frontier, there were nests of these noxious vermin.

    A Nest of Spies

    Pierre Souvestre


British Dictionary definitions for verdun

Verdun

noun
  1. 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)
  2. 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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