\ˈdün 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 \-ˌlīk \ adjective

Examples of dune in a Sentence

We wandered over the dunes.

Recent Examples on the Web

As winds eventually dispersed the sand on top, the negative space where the dune once stood was preserved as a pit on the martian surface. Frankie Schembri, Science | AAAS, "‘Ghost dunes’ spotted on Mars," 11 July 2018 But images captured by the New Horizons space probe reveal patterns on the dwarf planet’s surface that look remarkably like dunes. Eva Botkin-kowacki, The Christian Science Monitor, "Pluto dune mystery challenges scientists' frame of reference," 1 June 2018 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

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

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about dune

Phrases Related to dune

sand dune

Statistics for dune

Last Updated

20 Oct 2018

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for dune

The first known use of dune was in 1790

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for dune



English Language Learners Definition of dune

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


\ˈdün, ˈdyün\

Kids Definition of dune

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

Keep scrolling for more

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).


to reject or criticize sharply

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Words from Greek and Roman Mythology Quiz

  • the-triumph-of-venus-by-alessandro-magnasco
  • Boreal comes from the name of the ancient Greek god of which wind?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

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!