Definition of Dunkirk in English:


proper noun

  • A port in northern France; population 70,654 (2006). French name Dunkerque /dœ̃kɛʀk/.

Dunkirk was the scene of the evacuation of the British Expeditionary Force in 1940. Forced to retreat to the Channel by the German breakthrough at Sedan, 335,000 Allied troops were evacuated by warships, requisitioned civilian ships, and a host of small boats, under constant attack from the air