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.
(place, proper) 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-line
- After André Maginot (1877–1932), French politician and minister of war (1922–1924 and 1929–1932) who proposed building the fortifications
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition