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[al-sas-law-reyn, -loh-, -seys-; French al-zas-law-ren]
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  1. a region in NE France, including the former provinces of Alsace and Lorraine: part of Germany 1871–1919, 1940–45. 5607 sq. mi. (14,522 sq. km).
Related formsAl·sace-Lor·rain·er, noun
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Examples from the Web for alsace-lorraine

Historical Examples

  • A Frenchman all through, from the way he got worked up over Alsace-Lorraine.

    The Destroyer

    Burton Egbert Stevenson

  • Once we regain Alsace-Lorraine, we can be well-content to lay down our arms.

    The Destroyer

    Burton Egbert Stevenson

  • Carthage became as confused in its language as Alsace-Lorraine.

    In a Little Town

    Rupert Hughes

  • On the one hand, the annexation of Alsace-Lorraine is far more recent.


    Emile Cammaerts

  • The return of Alsace-Lorraine to France was unanimously approved.

British Dictionary definitions for alsace-lorraine


  1. an area of NE France, comprising the modern regions of Alsace and Lorraine: under German rule 1871–1919 and 1940–44. Area: 14 522 sq km (5607 sq miles)German name: Elsass-Lothringen
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