Siegfried line


: a line of German defensive fortifications facing the Maginot Line (see maginot line sense 1)

Word History


after Siegfried

Note: Siegfried Line was the English name assigned to the line, though it apparently reflects Siegfriedstellung, the German name given to the similar World War I defensive line that was called Hindenburg Line by the Allies.

First Known Use

1938, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Siegfried line was in 1938

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“Siegfried line.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Sep. 2023.

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