[ 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.
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/ (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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