Maginot Line

noun
Ma·​gi·​not Line | \ ˈma-zhə-ˌnō- How to pronounce Maginot Line (audio) , ˈma-jə- \

Definition of Maginot Line

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

First Known Use of Maginot Line

1936, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for Maginot Line

after André Maginot †1932 French minister of war

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“Maginot Line.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Maginot%20Line. Accessed 18 May. 2022.

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Maginot Line geographical name

Ma·​gi·​not Line | \ ˈma-zhə-ˌnō How to pronounce Maginot Line (audio) , ˈma-jə- \

Definition of Maginot Line

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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