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

Examples of dune in a Sentence

We wandered over the dunes.
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Word History


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 28 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


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