- (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.
Examples from the Web for lusitania
She enjoys the first of her new supply while murmuring "how dreadful" while reading at breakfast of the sinking of the Lusitania.David's Bookclub: Time Regained
April 8, 2013
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
- 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
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.
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.