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Lorelei

Definition:

a Siren of German legend who lured boatmen in the Rhine to destruction

Class:

person noun (people)

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Synonyms:

Loreley [German] | Lurlei

Etymology:

German, altered by C. Brentano (1778-1842), German poet, after Lurlei, name of...
(Source: New World Dictionary)  [more]

Definition references  (+images)

Wikipedia:

Lorelei | Loreley
(Coordinates: 50.13944°N 7.72889°E)

a rock on the eastern bank of the Rhine near St. Goarshausen, Germany, which soars some 120 metres above the waterline. It marks the narrowest part of the river between Switzerland and the North Sea, and is the most famous feature of the Rhine Gorge, a... (46 of 1096 words, 9 images)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Lorelei

Lorelei (disambiguation)

Lorelei (Edmonton), a neighbourhood in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada | Loreley (Verbandsgemeinde), a Verbandsgemeinde in Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany | Lake Lorelei, Ohio, a gated community and census-designated place near Fayetteville, Ohio | Lorelei is... (29 of 634 words, 43 definitions)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Lorelei (disambiguation)

Britannica Encyclopedia:

Lorelei [rock, Germany] | Loreley [German]

large rock on the bank at a narrows of the Rhine River near Sankt Goarshausen, Ger. The rock produces an echo and is associated with the legend of a ... (29 of 107 words, 1 image)

www​.britannica​.com​/E​Bchecked​/topic​/348106​/Lorelei

Collins Dictionary:

Lorelei [German legend]

a siren, said to dwell on a rock at the edge of the Rhine south of Koblenz, who lures boatmen to destruction (22 of 402 words, 8 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/lorelei

Columbia Encyclopedia:

Lorelei

cliff, 433 ft (132 m) high, on the right bank of the Rhine River, near St. Goarshausen, western Germany, about midway between Koblenz and Bingen. ... (25 of 88 words, pronunciation)

www​.infoplease​.com​/ce​6​/world​/A​0830305​.html

New World Dictionary:

Lorelei [Germanic folklore]

a siren whose singing on a rock in the Rhine lures sailors to shipwreck on the reefs: originally a character in literature (22 of 53 words)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/lorelei

Random House Dictionary:

Lorelei

a quasilegendary nymph of the Rhine who lured sailors to shipwreck on her rock by singing: a creation of Clemens Brentano in a poem of 1800. | a ... (27 of 39 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/lorelei

Oxford Dictionary:

Lorelei

a rock on the bank of the Rhine, held by legend to be the home of a siren whose song lures boatmen to destruction. | the siren said to live on the ... (31 of 37 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/Lorelei

Merriam-Webster:

Lorelei

a siren of Germanic legend whose singing lures Rhine River boatmen to destruction on a reef (16 of 28 words, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/lorelei

American Heritage Dictionary:

Lorelei

A siren of Germanic legend whose singing lures sailors to shipwreck. (11 of 12 words)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/lorelei

Macmillan British Dictionary:

siren [countable] | sirens [plural]

a piece of equipment that makes a loud sound, used for warning people | a woman in ancient Greek stories who sang to sailors in order to make them ... (28 of 66 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/siren

Cambridge Dictionary:

siren [entry 1]

a device for making a loud warning noise (8 of 29 words, 2 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/siren 1

siren [entry 2]

(in ancient Greek literature) one of the creatures who were half woman and ... | a woman who is considered to be very attractive, but also dangerous (26 of 50 words, 2 definitions, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/siren 2

Wiktionary:

Siren

A taxonomic genus within the family Sirenidae -- the sirens. (9 of 12 words)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/Siren

Encarta Dictionary:

Lorelei [entry 1]

in German legend, a beautiful woman said to live on a rock near the Rhine River and lure sailors onto the rocks with enchanting songs (25 of 38 words, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861727810​/definition​.html  [offline]

Lorelei [entry 2]

cliff overlooking the Rhine River between Mainz and Koblenz, west central Germany. Height: 120 m (15 of 24 words, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861727811​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

New World Dictionary:

Lorelei [Germanic folklore]

Origin: German, altered by C. Brentano (1778-1842), German poet, after Lurlei, name of the rock (probably literally, "ambush cliff") from Middle High ... (21 of 30 etymology words)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/lorelei

Collins Dictionary:

Lorelei [German legend]

First use: 19th century

Origin: from German Lurlei name of the rock; from a poem by Clemens Brentano (1778-1842)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/lorelei

Merriam-Webster:

Lorelei

First use: 1865

Origin: German

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/lorelei

Audio references

Collins Dictionary:

Lorelei [German legend]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "Lorelei"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/lorelei

the Free Dictionary:

Lorelei

Audio 1: British English pronunciation of "Lorelei"

Audio 2: North American English pronunciation of "Lorelei" by speech synthesizer

www​.thefreedictionary​.com​/Lorelei

Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

Lorelei

Audio: North American pronunciation of "Lorelei"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=lorele​01 word=Lorelei

YourDictionary Audio:

Lorelei

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "Lorelei"

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