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

    Pierrette Honore de Balzac
  • But the lorrain Emperors have not forgotten their old virtue of hospitality.

    Odd Bits of History Henry W. Wolff
  • Madame lorrain had received the money only the day before the post brought her Brigaut's letter, enclosing that of Pierrette.

    Pierrette Honore de Balzac
  • Her grandfather and grandmother lorrain wrote to us—when was that, my dear?

    Pierrette Honore de Balzac
  • His parents were poor, lived in the Duchy of lorrain and from that political division the Artist was named.

  • Then Brigaut, advancing, was horrified at the sight of Madame lorrain, who was now weeping.

    Pierrette Honore de Balzac
  • The two lorrain princes attributed the queen-mother's absence to some trick of their niece.

    Catherine de' Medici Honore de Balzac
  • lorrain, pursing up his lips, waved a severely negative finger before his nose.

    War and Peace Leo Tolstoy
  • lorrain replies, "Yes, Monseigneur," as the big tears run down his bronzed cheeks.

  • Anna Mikhaylovna stepped forward and, stooping over the dying man, beckoned to lorrain from behind her back.

    War and Peace Leo Tolstoy
British Dictionary definitions for lorrain

Lorrain

/French lɔrɛ̃/
noun

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 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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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