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Lorraine

[luh-reyn, law-, loh-; French law-ren] /ləˈreɪn, lɔ-, loʊ-; French lɔˈrɛn/
noun
1.
Also, Lorrain. Claude (Claude 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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  • The members were sucking blissfully while Lorraine went round and collected the literary portion of the entertainment.

  • As he drove he thought of Lorraine, of her love for her father and her goodness.

    Lorraine Robert W. Chambers
  • Lorraine (Claude): a Greek temple on a hill, with sunny and highly finished classic scenery.

  • Also it was true that he would not have permitted a Frenchman to visit Lorraine as Jack did.

    Lorraine Robert W. Chambers
  • Mrs. Lorraine clasped her hands, and moved restlessly on her seat.

    Vivian Grey Earl of Beaconsfield, Benjamin Disraeli
British Dictionary definitions for Lorraine

Lorraine

/lɒˈreɪn; French lɔrɛn/
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 deposits German 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 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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