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[loo-si-tey-nee-uh] /ˌlu sɪˈteɪ ni ə/
(italics) a British luxury liner sunk by a German submarine in the North Atlantic on May 7, 1915: one of the events leading to U.S. entry into World War I.
an ancient region and Roman province in the Iberian Peninsula, corresponding generally to modern Portugal.
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Lusitanian, adjective, noun Unabridged
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  • Even Captain Lote's praise of the Lusitania poem was whole-hearted and ungrudging.

    The Portygee Joseph Crosby Lincoln
  • Then we got word by wireless that the Lusitania had been torpedoed.

    The Emma Gees

    Herbert Wes McBride
  • This makes the fate of Miss Cavell our affair as much as that of the Lusitania.

    The Case of Edith Cavell James M. Beck
  • Hayman, like all his associates, warned him not to go on the Lusitania.

    Charles Frohman: Manager and Man

    Isaac Frederick Marcosson and Daniel Frohman
  • If the Arabic question is not complicated with the Lusitania a solution will be easier.

    Face to Face with Kaiserism

    James W. Gerard
  • Even as the question was asked, we heard that the Germans had sunk the Lusitania.

  • Far away in front of them now were the disappearing lights of the Lusitania.

    The Double Four E. Phillips Oppenheim
  • By the way,” he added, “is your trunk on board the Lusitania?

    The Dark Star Robert W. Chambers
  • The destination of a naval vessel is usually not known, that of the Lusitania was.

British Dictionary definitions for Lusitania


an ancient region of the W Iberian Peninsula: a Roman province from 27 bc to the late 4th century ad; corresponds to most of present-day Portugal and the Spanish provinces of Salamanca and Cáceres
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Word Origin and History for Lusitania

Latin name of a region roughly corresponding to modern Portugal; in modern use, allusive or poetic for "Portugal." The Cunard ocean liner (sister ship of the Mauretania and Aquitania, also named after Roman Atlantic coastal provinces) was launched in 1906, torpedoed and sunk by German submarine U-20 on May 7, 1915.

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Lusitania in Culture
Lusitania [(looh-suh-tay-nee-uh)]

A British passenger ship sunk by a German submarine off the coast of Ireland in 1915. Germany, then at war with Britain but not with the United States (see World War I), had warned Americans against traveling on the ship. More than a hundred Americans died in the sinking. The incident worsened relations between Germany and the United States and encouraged American involvement in the war.

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