- French Dun·kerque [dœn-kerk] /dœ̃ˈkɛrk/. a seaport in N France: site of the evacuation of a British expeditionary force of over 330,000 men under German fire May 29–June 4, 1940.
- a period of crisis or emergency when drastic measures must be enforced: The smaller nations were facing a financial Dunkirk.
- a city in W New York, on Lake Erie.
Examples from the Web for dunkerque
And how are they to be manifested by your waiting on in Dunkerque?
I am to join the corps at the end of the month, and must leave Dunkerque forthwith.
A score of your friends in Dunkerque could have told you that she was daft about him.
And then Dunkerque at the moment was sparkling with attractions.
M. Loubet, calm and smiling, was starting for Dunkerque to meet his guests.Their Majesties as I Knew Them
- a port in N France, on the Strait of Dover: scene of the evacuation of British and other Allied troops after the fall of France in 1940; industrial centre with an oil refinery and naval shipbuilding yards. Pop: 70 850 (1999)English name: Dunkirk (dʌnˈkɜːk)
Word Origin and History for dunkerque
The scene of a remarkable, though ignominious, retreat by the British army in World War II. Dunkirk, a town on the northern coast of France, was the last refuge of the British during the fall of France, and several hundred naval and civilian vessels took the troops back to England in shifts over three days.