dune

noun

ˈdün How to pronounce dune (audio)
 also  ˈdyün
: a hill or ridge of sand piled up by the wind
dunelike
ˈdün-ˌlīk How to pronounce dune (audio)
 also  ˈdyün-
adjective

Example Sentences

We wandered over the dunes.
Recent Examples on the Web Nicole erased much of the dune in front of Oceana Oceanfront Condos in Satellite Beach, built only three years ago. John Mccarthy, USA TODAY, 14 Nov. 2022 The monastery on Siniyah Island, part of the sand-dune sheikhdom of Umm al-Quwain, sheds new light on the history of early Christianity along the shores of the Persian Gulf. Jon Gambrell, The Christian Science Monitor, 4 Nov. 2022 Residents were urged to evacuate the Las Brisas condo buildings on 3001 Hill St. after the dune washed up to within 10 feet of the structure, officials said. Travis Caldwell, CNN, 10 Nov. 2022 But Retherford worried that the boardwalk, providing a path over a significant dune, might not survive the night. Kevin Spear, Orlando Sentinel, 9 Nov. 2022 The monastery on Siniyah Island, part of the sand-dune sheikhdom of Umm al-Quwain, sheds new light on the history of early Christianity along the shores of the Persian Gulf. Jon Gambrell, The Christian Science Monitor, 4 Nov. 2022 If people want to live near the ocean, protection measures such as ensuring a high enough elevation and that there is a barrier between the structure and the water -- such as a sand dune -- should be implemented, Crowley said. Daniel Manzo, ABC News, 7 Nov. 2022 The monastery on Siniyah Island, part of the sand-dune sheikhdom of Umm al-Quwain, sheds new light on the history of early Christianity along the shores of the Persian Gulf. Jon Gambrell, The Christian Science Monitor, 4 Nov. 2022 The monastery on Siniyah Island, part of the sand-dune sheikhdom of Umm al-Quwain, sheds new light on the history of early Christianity along the shores of the Persian Gulf. Jon Gambrell, ajc, 3 Nov. 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

French, from Old French, from Middle Dutch; akin to Old English dūn down — more at down

First Known Use

1605, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of dune was in 1605

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Cite this Entry

“Dune.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dune. Accessed 7 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

dune

noun
: a hill or ridge of sand piled up by the wind
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