- a quasilegendary nymph of the Rhine who lured sailors to shipwreck on her rock by singing: a creation of Clemens Brentano in a poem of 1800.
- a female given name.
Origin of Lorelei
Examples from the Web for lorelei
Part-time archivist Lorelei Galbreath keeps a stack of folders as tall as a newborn on her desk.In Wichita, the Ground Zero of the Abortion War, a New Clinic Rises
January 25, 2013
These three were learning to feel the charms of the Lorelei legend as I had felt it.Legends of the Rhine
Well, in the future the siren should chant her Lorelei songs to deaf ears.The Wall Between
Sara Ware Bassett
"I've got no parents; and my name is Lorelei," answered the mermaiden.
"I haven't got any home now," said Lorelei, smiling at the lady's tone.
Her hair of a Lorelei was demurely coiled and wound about her little head.The Thing from the Lake
Eleanor M. Ingram
- (in German legend) a siren, said to dwell on a rock at the edge of the Rhine south of Koblenz, who lures boatmen to destruction
Word Origin and History for lorelei
1843, from German, name of a rock in the River Rhine near Koblenz, Germany. In legend, a lovely woman sat atop it and sang while combing her long blond hair, distracting sailors so their ships foundered on the rock and they drowned. The second element of the name probably is Rhenish dialect lei "cliff, rock;" the first element is perhaps from Middle High German lüren "to lie in wait"