Maginot Line

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noun Ma·gi·not Line \ˈma-zhə-ˌnō-, ˈma-jə-\

Definition of Maginot Line

  1. 1 :  a line of defensive fortifications built before World War II to protect the eastern border of France but easily outflanked by German invaders

  2. 2 :  a defensive barrier or strategy that inspires a false sense of security

Origin and Etymology of maginot line

André Maginot †1932 French minister of war


First Known Use: 1936


Maginot Line

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geographical name Ma·gi·not Line \ˈma-zhə-ˌnō, ˈma-jə-\

Definition of Maginot Line

  1. system of defensive fortifications that was built by France in the 1930s to protect its eastern border and stretched for nearly 200 miles (322 kilometers)


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