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

Definition of dune

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

Keep scrolling for more

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.
Recent Examples on the Web Where sand dunes abut a lakebed, dig in the depression behind the first dune. Keith Mccafferty, Field & Stream, "The Ultimate Survival Guide to Finding and Purifying Water," 19 June 2020 In the final shot of the 1989 civil war movie Glory, the corpse of Private Trip (Denzel Washington) rolls down a sand dune and comes to a stop under the armpit of his equally dead commander, Colonel Shaw (Matthew Broderick). Josephine Livingstone, The New Republic, "Spike Lee’s Da 5 Bloods Takes On the Black Trauma of Vietnam," 12 June 2020 Maryland — Assateague State Park Pitch a tent or pull your RV into one of more than 300 sites just above the dunes on this barrier island. Sarah Feldberg, Travel + Leisure, "The Best Place to Camp in Each of the 50 States," 24 Feb. 2017 As Claire gathers shells, Bonnet comes upon her in the sand dunes. Maureen Lee Lenker, EW.com, "Outlander recap: For who could ever learn to love a beast...," 27 Apr. 2020 Troops raced over the dunes of the Al-Hamra Military Base to take the model city, complete with multistory buildings, an airport control tower, an oil refinery, and a central mosque. Jon Gambrell, BostonGlobe.com, "US, Emirati troops hold major exercise amid virus, Iran tensions," 23 Mar. 2020 Instead of laying languidly on the couch, binge-watching countless television series or catching a few afternoon naps, McWilliams and Moultrie, Florida natives, battle the dunes and sand bluffs of their hometown Pensacola. Evan Dudley, al, "‘Job interview': UAB’s D-line leaders looking for depth," 18 Mar. 2020 To gauge which factors guide males’ searches, Scott and her colleagues set up a nearly 200-foot-long racecourse on the sand dunes of British Columbia’s Vancouver Island. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "Male Black Widow Spiders Find Potential Mates by Following Other Suitors’ Trails," 2 Aug. 2019 Trek the dunes of Namibia, photo-safari in the wildlife-rich wetlands of Botswana, or watch the migrations of wildebeests, giraffes, and rhinos across Kenya. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "6 Luxury Pre-Planned Trips You Need to Book Immediately," 15 Mar. 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'dune.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about dune

Statistics for dune

Last Updated

29 Jun 2020

Cite this Entry

“Dune.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dune. Accessed 13 Aug. 2020.

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for dune


How to pronounce dune (audio)

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

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on dune

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for dune

Spanish Central: Translation of dune

Nglish: Translation of dune for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of dune for Arabic Speakers

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about dune

Comments on dune

What made you want to look up dune? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


Test Your Vocabulary

Original Meanings Quiz

  • rembrandt painting a young scholar and his tutor
  • Which of the following is the earliest known sense of the word awe?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Bee Cubed

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!