Verdun[ver dun′, vər-; Fr ver dën′]
- city in NE France, on the Meuse River: scene of a prolonged battle (Feb. to Dec., 1916) of WWI: pop. 23,000
- city on Montreal Island, SW Quebec, Canada: suburb of Montreal: pop. 60,000
Origin of Verdunvariant, variety of Savardun, town in France, birthplace of an early settler
A city of northeast France on the Meuse River west of Metz. Dating to Roman times and an important Carolingian commercial center, it was the site of a prolonged World War I battle (February–December 1916) in which French forces repelled a massive German offensive. The total casualties have been estimated at more than 700,000. The city was rebuilt after the war.