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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
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  • "This is lucerne," he whispered, bending down; how soft she was, and how little!

    The Pastor's Wife Elizabeth von Arnim
  • If he had known it, it was with the Dance of Death on the bridge of lucerne.

    The Armourer's Prentices Charlotte M. Yonge
  • Clover and lucerne are the other leading crops, and large flocks of sheep are kept in the region.

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

    A Spirit in Prison Robert Hichens
  • Clover and lucerne fields and the flowery borders of corn fields remain very attractive.

    Butterflies and Moths William S. Furneaux
  • And, in any event, on such a journey lucerne must come first.

    Holbein Beatrice Fortescue
  • After journeying on in this manner for some hours the carriage arrived at an inn on the shores of the Lake of 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
  • A steamer would be waiting at the pier to take them across to the city of lucerne on the other side.

    Our Little Swiss Cousin Mary Hazelton Wade
  • “In lucerne you gave me your hand in good-bye,” he said presently.

    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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