Definition of Maginot Line in US English:

Maginot Line

proper noun

  • A 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.

Origin

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

Pronunciation

Maginot Line

/ˈmaZHəˌnō/