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Lorraine

[luh-reyn, law-, loh-; French law-ren]
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noun
  1. Also Lor·rain. ClaudeClaude Gelée, 1600–82, French painter.
  2. a medieval kingdom in W Europe along the Moselle, Meuse, and Rhine rivers.
  3. a region in NE France, once included in this kingdom: a former province.Compare Alsace-Lorraine.
  4. a female given name.
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Examples from the Web for lorrain

Historical Examples

  • But the Lorrain Emperors have not forgotten their old virtue of hospitality.

    Odd Bits of History

    Henry W. Wolff

  • But there were better things to entertain the Lorrain Court.

    Odd Bits of History

    Henry W. Wolff

  • Madame Lorrain the younger, Pierrette's mother, died in 1819.

    Pierrette

    Honore de Balzac

  • Old Lorrain died, and Rogron was appointed guardian of his little cousin.

    Pierrette

    Honore de Balzac

  • Her grandfather and grandmother Lorrain wrote to us—when was that, my dear?

    Pierrette

    Honore de Balzac


British Dictionary definitions for lorrain

Lorrain

noun
  1. See Claude Lorrain

Lorraine

noun
  1. a region and former province of E France; ceded to Germany in 1871 after the Franco-Prussian war and regained by France in 1919; rich iron-ore depositsGerman name: Lothringen
  2. Kingdom of Lorraine an early medieval kingdom on the Meuse, Moselle, and Rhine rivers: later a duchy
  3. a former duchy in E France, once the S half of this kingdom
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Word Origin and History for lorrain

Lorraine

region in eastern France, from Medieval Latin Lotharingia, literally "Lothar's Realm," name later given to the northern portion of the lands assigned by the Treaty of Verdun (843 C.E.) to Lothair I in the first division of the Carolingian empire. His empire stretched from the North Sea to the Mediterranean. Before his death (855 C.E.), Lothair subdivided his lands among his three sons. His son, Lothair (for whom the region is named), was given Lotharingia as his kingdom.

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