\ 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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The dunes that once rolled over Lewala’s railway tracks now burst through the ghost town’s doors and porches, filling its rooms with smooth banks of sand. Paul Cooper, National Geographic, "See eerie pictures inside a Namibian ghost town," 20 Mar. 2019 Portage Parks Superintendent Jenny Orsburn said the concrete, circular platform collapsed when high waves from storms swept away the portion of sand dune beneath the structure. Michael Gonzalez, Post-Tribune, "Platform collapse near Portage beach no surprise for park officials," 17 Jan. 2018 Dominic Solazzo, president of the homeowners association in Berkeley Township, says he was horrified at the damage done Monday to a dune his members had painstakingly built up over 40 years. Wayne Parry, The Seattle Times, "Government bulldozes part of dune it promised not to harm," 31 July 2018 Friends and family stood around in the dunes, and Bob Newhart and Don Rickles gave speeches. Katherine Clarke, WSJ, "Frank Sinatra’s Malibu Celebrity Hangout Asks $12.9 Million," 28 Nov. 2018 Those still bidding a heavy-hearted farewell to summer’s easy beach waves need look no further than Charlotte Rampling’s perfect autumnal pairing of dune-side curls and ivory cashmere. Sophie Schulte-hillen, Vogue, "14 Iconic Beauties Who Prove Why Great Hair and Good Sweaters are a Perfect Match," 22 Sep. 2018 The property is remote with no electricity, and feels one with its sand dune surroundings. Allix Cott, Harper's BAZAAR, "Married in Marrakech: Jane Lerman & Shane Fonner's Desert Wedding," 31 May 2017 Jada McNeil lives in a home perched on top of a sand dune on Australia’s East Coast in New South Wales. Zachary Weiss, Vogue, "Nusa Indah’s Covetable Custom Surfboards Bring Art to the Ocean," 3 Aug. 2018 The dunes on the nondingo side are also about 66 centimeters taller. Lakshmi Supriya, Science | AAAS, "A fence built to keep out wild dogs out has dramatically altered the Australian landscape," 6 July 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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