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

Definition of dune

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

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Other Words from dune

dunelike \ -​ˌlīk How to pronounce dunelike (audio) \ adjective

Examples of dune in a Sentence

We wandered over the dunes.

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Beaches lose points for water that's too chilly, sand that's too coarse, condo towers instead of dunes, riptides and drownings, erosion and limited public access. Beth J. Harpaz, chicagotribune.com, "Maui's Kapalua Bay Beach tops Dr. Beach's best beach list," 25 May 2018 Outside, the remote home is nestled amongst Danish sand dunes, just 55 yards from the North Sea. Anna Zambelli, House Beautiful, "Hide Out on the Beach in This Camouflaged Cottage," 15 Oct. 2015 Dry river mouths gape among dunes the height of cathedrals. Stanley Stewart, Condé Nast Traveler, "Going Off-Grid in Namibia," 21 Dec. 2018 Sublimation is an important part of the dunes' story, the researchers found. Mike Wall, Space.com, "Pluto Has Dunes, But They're Not Made of Sand," 31 May 2018 Sand dunes disappeared from the coast in the storm surge. Brian Resnick, Vox, "Photos: what Hurricane Florence’s destruction looks like on the ground," 17 Sep. 2018 Researchers suspect it might be made of finer material than nearby dunes, according to a news release. Ashley May, USA TODAY, "Stunning NASA photo shows blue sand dune on Mars, the Red Planet," 25 June 2018 Namibia’s Hoanib Valley Camp has been tipped as the destination, a luxury $660 per person, per night camp nestled in a romantic landscape of mountain ranges, sand dunes and private expanses of desert. Sophie Dodd, PEOPLE.com, "100 Questions About the Royal Wedding Answered!," 7 May 2018 New Mexico’s White Sands National Monument is a desolate place; sparse vegetation pokes up throughout its salt flats and white gypsum dunes. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Fossil Tracks May Record Ancient Humans Hunting Giant Sloths," 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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The first known use of dune was in 1790

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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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