Chunnel

or chun·nel

[chuhn-l]

noun

a railroad tunnel under the English Channel between Great Britain and France, approved for construction in 1986.

Origin of Chunnel

1925–30; blend of channel1 and tunnel
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British Dictionary definitions for chunnel

Chunnel

noun

informal a rail tunnel beneath the English Channel, linking England and France, opened in 1994

Word Origin for Chunnel

C20: from Ch (annel) + (t) unnel
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Word Origin and History for chunnel

Chunnel

n.

1928, a blend of (English) Channel + tunnel (n.).

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