Definition of dune in English:


Syllabification: dune
Pronunciation: /d(y)o͞on


  • A mound or ridge of sand or other loose sediment formed by the wind, especially on the sea coast or in a desert: a sand dune
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    • Nothing but vast sand dunes and arid desert far as the eye could see in all directions.
    • It is generally agreed that the linear dunes in the Namib Sand Sea have extended from south to north.
    • The group will face eight days of walking across rocky plateaus, sand dunes and salt pans.
    bank, mound, hillock, hummock, knoll, ridge, heap, drift


late 18th century: from French, from Middle Dutch dūne; related to Old English dūn 'hill' (see down3).

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