Maginot lineMa·gi·not Line
a system of heavy fortifications built before WWII on the E frontier of France: it failed to prevent invasion by the Nazi armies
Origin of Maginot lineafter A. Maginot (1877-1932), French minister of war
A line of fortification constructed in the 1930s along France's border with Germany. Thought to be impregnable, the line was bypassed and later captured by the Germans in 1940.
Origin of Maginot LineAfter André Maginot (1877-1932), French politician and minister of war (1922-1924 and 1929-1932) who proposed building the fortifications