\ˈdün also ˈdyün \

Definition of dune 

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

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Other Words from dune

dunelike \-ˌlīk \ adjective

Examples of dune in a Sentence

We wandered over the dunes.

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Currently, blue mats at some entrances bring beachgoers to sandy walkways made of wooden fencing that reach the start of the dunes. Avalon R. Zoppo, Philly.com, "Getting her wheelchair on the beach was a struggle. Brigantine just made it easier," 10 July 2018 The peaceful town is a frequent escape for celebrities like Madonna, François Dumas, Farida Khelfa, Jacques Grange, and the Espírito Santo family, who have been known to spend their days horseback riding in the dunes and strolling the quiet beaches. Kathleen Knowles & Aerin Reed, Town & Country, "Inside Carlos Souza and Charlene Shorto de Ganay's Portugal Paradise," 26 June 2018 The endangered turtles arrive along the Gulf Coast between April 1 and July 15 each year to lay eggs in sand dunes, Texas A&M University at Galveston said in a press release. Dana Burke, Houston Chronicle, "WATCH: First Kemps ridley sea turtle nests of the 2018 season found," 15 May 2018 Berger was on the front of the range, blocked by a row of bushes in the sand dunes. Molly Blue, OregonLive.com, "Tiger Woods' return at Farmers Insurance Open: Time, TV channel, how to watch live stream online," 24 Jan. 2018 Out in the dunes, one park police officer actually stopped us to ask if the car was available yet. Douglas Sonders And Nicholas Cambata, Esquire, "From L.A. to Las Vegas on the Road Less Traveled," 8 Oct. 2015 That’s just what has happened with the Plutonian dune mystery. Eva Botkin-kowacki, The Christian Science Monitor, "Pluto dune mystery challenges scientists' frame of reference," 1 June 2018 The work has been conducted routinely since the 1990s to redistribute naturally shifting sands and maintain a line of bulkheads and dunes that block the roughest surf from reaching beachfront property. Scott Dance, baltimoresun.com, "A wider, deeper beach awaits Ocean City vacationers, but is it safe?," 24 May 2018 North America's tallest dunes can be seen at Great Sand Dunes National Park in Colorado. David Caraccio, sacbee, "See Top 10 best features of our national parks system in 1 minute | The Sacramento Bee," 30 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of dune

1790, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for dune

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

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Phrases Related to dune

sand dune

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English Language Learners Definition of dune

: a hill of sand near an ocean or in a desert that is formed by the wind


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Kids Definition of dune

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

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