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or lucern

[loo-surn] /luˈsɜrn/
Origin of lucerne
1620-30; alteration (by association with Latin lucerna lamp) of French luzerne < Provençal luzerno glowworm (the plant was so called in allusion to its bright seeds); akin to Old Provençal luzerna lamp < Vulgar Latin *lūcerna, for Latin lucerna. See lucid


[loo-surn; French ly-sern] /luˈsɜrn; French lüˈsɛrn/
a canton in central Switzerland. 576 sq. mi. (1490 sq. km).
the capital of this canton, on Lake of Lucerne.
Lake of. Also called Lake of the Four Forest Cantons. a lake in central Switzerland. 24 miles (39 km) long; 44 sq. mi. (114 sq. km).
German Luzern. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • If he had known it, it was with the Dance of Death on the bridge of lucerne.

    The Armourer's Prentices Charlotte M. Yonge
  • Should I really have cared so much for lucerne and Nuremberg if you hadn't been with me?

  • Once he has been in Paris, where I met him, and once to lucerne for a fortnight.

    A Spirit in Prison Robert Hichens
  • And, in any event, on such a journey lucerne must come first.

    Holbein Beatrice Fortescue
  • They always have boats there to take people that come along this road to lucerne.

    Rollo in Switzerland Jacob Abbott
  • We went to lucerne, and thence to Como, where I intended to leave her.

    Paul Patoff

    F. Marion Crawford
  • Elena had spent part of the summer at lucerne,—she had just come from Paris.

    The Child of Pleasure Gabriele D'Annunzio
  • We were two in the great world, and lucerne brought us to one.

    A Woman's Will Anne Warner
  • Then he was silent, and she was silent, and the lights of lucerne continued to draw nearer and nearer.

    A Woman's Will Anne Warner
  • Not at all; he may have moved to this hotel, or returned to lucerne.

    A Woman's Will Anne Warner
British Dictionary definitions for lucerne


(Brit) another name for alfalfa


/luːˈsɜːn; French lysɛrn/
a canton in central Switzerland, northwest of Lake Lucerne: joined the Swiss Confederacy in 1332. Pop: 352 300 (2002 est). Area: 1494 sq km (577 sq miles)
a city in central Switzerland, capital of Lucerne canton, on Lake Lucerne: tourist centre. Pop: 59 496 (2000)
Lake Lucerne, a lake in central Switzerland: fed and drained chiefly by the River Reuss. Area: 115 sq km (44 sq miles) German name Vierwaldstättersee
German name (for senses 1 and 2) Luzern
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