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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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  • But the only solution that I see is another Lusitania outrage, which would force war.

  • Hayman, like all his associates, warned him not to go on the Lusitania.

    Charles Frohman: Manager and Man Isaac Frederick Marcosson and Daniel Frohman
  • Since the Lusitania's sinking Captain Zelotes had been a battle charger chafing at the bit.

    The Portygee Joseph Crosby Lincoln
  • If the Arabic question is not complicated with the Lusitania a solution will be easier.

    Face to Face with Kaiserism James W. Gerard
  • Doctor Zimmermann said that the sinking of the Lusitania was a bad blunder.

    The Iron Ration George Abel Schreiner
  • Even Captain Lote's praise of the Lusitania poem was whole-hearted and ungrudging.

    The Portygee Joseph Crosby Lincoln
  • At the sinking of the Lusitania a very keen realization of the gravity of the situation was evident all over the country.

    Average Americans Theodore Roosevelt
  • Then we got word by wireless that the Lusitania had been torpedoed.

    The Emma Gees Herbert Wes McBride
  • Returning to the drawing room, Stefan watched her playing with them as he had watched her on the Lusitania fifteen months before.

    The Nest Builder Beatrice Forbes-Robertson Hale
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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