Meaning of “dune” in the English Dictionary


"dune" in English

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dunenoun [ C ]

uk /dʒuːn/ us /duːn/

Examples from literature

  • It was a low shore on which the fine sand, some fifteen feet deep, lay drifted into hillocks or dunes. 
  • The dunes extend for miles: an empty wilderness of sand with the grey North Sea beyond. 
  • The loose sand, in which these shells are packed, is heaped into low, straight, long lines of dunes, like those left by the sea at the head of many bays. 
  • This time the tide was in, so he crossed the dunes and struck the shore on the further side of the quicksand. 
  • We were thrown out upon the dunes. 

(Definition of “dune” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"dune" in American English

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dunenoun [ C ]

us /dun/ also sand dune

a hill of sand beside a beach or in a desert

(Definition of “dune” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)