Maginot Line

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

Definition of Maginot Line

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

Maginot Line

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

Definition of Maginot Line (Entry 2 of 2)

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)

First Known Use of Maginot Line


1936, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for Maginot Line


André Maginot †1932 French minister of war

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