Pronunciation: (dun'kûrk), [key]
1. French, Dun•kerque Pronunciation: (dœn-kerk'). [key]a seaport in N France: site of the evacuation of a British expeditionary force of over 330,000 men under German fire May 29–June 4, 1940. 83,759.
2. a period of crisis or emergency when drastic measures must be enforced: The smaller nations were facing a financial Dunkirk.
3. a city in W New York, on Lake Erie. 15,310.
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