\ ˈdün How to pronounce dune (audio) 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 \ ˈdün-​ˌlīk How to pronounce dunelike (audio) also  ˈdyün-​ \ adjective

Examples of dune in a Sentence

We wandered over the dunes.

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Off-road enthusiasts have flooded state officials with phone calls and letters and circulated a petition to protect vehicle access to the dunes. Tony Barboza, latimes.com, "Off-road vehicles face ban at famed beach: ‘This is like the Wild West. Anything goes’," 9 July 2019 After Superstorm Sandy whacked the state, most shore towns had to build or rebuild protective sand dunes. USA TODAY, "Ink library, parking barnacles, lunar training grounds: News from around our 50 states," 9 July 2019 Once there, Dragonfly will land in the equatorial region of the moon, which is covered by large sand dunes. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "NASA will fund a revolutionary mission to fly through Titan’s atmosphere," 27 June 2019 Here’s a recent example of the company’s Mi 9 ripping off Apple’s signature sand dunes from macOS Mojave. Sean Hollister, The Verge, "Xiaomi caught ripping off an artist’s work — including art commissioned by LG," 19 June 2019 The dune on Mars is not the only Star Trek reference seen in space recently. Fox News, "Mysterious 'Star Trek logo' spotted on Mars by NASA," 15 June 2019 Go on an overnight camping trek to the towering dunes of the Kumtag Desert, and learn about local efforts to prevent encroaching desertification. National Geographic, "China High School Expedition," 12 June 2019 The property also has sprawling manicured English gardens protected from ocean winds by two large sand dunes. Katherine Clarke, WSJ, "Beauty Entrepreneur Lists Hamptons Home for $38 Million," 24 Aug. 2018 That’s one way to top pink sand dunes and backflipping BMX riders. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "Rihanna’s Savage x Fenty Will Show at New York Fashion Week," 23 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of dune

1605, 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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English Language Learners Definition of dune

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


\ ˈdün How to pronounce dune (audio) , ˈdyün\

Kids Definition of dune

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

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