Dun·​kirk ˈdən-ˌkərk How to pronounce Dunkirk (audio)
: a retreat to avoid total defeat
: a crisis situation that requires a desperate last effort to forestall certain failure
a Dunkirk for U.S. foreign policyTime

Examples of Dunkirk in a Sentence

with the company facing a financial Dunkirk, it was hoped that the new CEO could turn things around—and fast

Word History


Dunkirk or Dunkerque, France, scene of the evacuation of Allied forces in 1940

First Known Use

1941, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of Dunkirk was in 1941

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“Dunkirk.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Dunkirk. Accessed 2 Dec. 2023.

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