Definition of Maginot Line in English:

Share this entry

Maginot Line

Pronunciation: /ˈmaZHəˌnō/ Pronunciation: /ˈmaj-/
1A line of defensive fortifications constructed by the French along their eastern border, extending from Switzerland to Luxembourg, between 1929 and 1936. In World War II, although the defenses held, the Germans outflanked them, going through Belgium to conquer France.
1.1 [as noun] (also Maginot line) An impressive but often ineffectual means of protection or defense: the courts are our Maginot Line against industry


Named after André Maginot (1877–1932), a French minister of war.

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: Ma·gi·not Line

Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.