Pronunciation: (dun'kûrk),[key] —n. 1. French, Dun•kerquePronunciation: (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.