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A siren of Germanic legend whose singing lures sailors to shipwreck.


(European Myth & Legend) (in German legend) a siren, said to dwell on a rock at the edge of the Rhine south of Koblenz, who lures boatmen to destruction
[C19: from German Lurlei name of the rock; from a poem by Clemens Brentano (1778–1842)]


(ˈlɔr əˌlaɪ)

a nymph of the Rhine whose singing lured sailors to shipwreck on a rock.
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Noun1.Lorelei - a Siren of German legend who lured boatmen in the Rhine to destructionLorelei - a Siren of German legend who lured boatmen in the Rhine to destruction
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The last legend reminds one of the "Lorelei"--a legend of the Rhine.
Germany is rich in folk-songs, and the words and airs of several of them are peculiarly beautiful--but "The Lorelei" is the people's favorite.
And I will refresh the reader's memory by printing the legend of the Lorelei, too.
The Lorelei did not "call his name in unutterable sweet Whispers" this time.
The bitterest things have been said about the Lorelei during many centuries, but surely her conduct upon this occasion entitles her to our respect.
The pitiless billows engulf him!--So perish sailor and bark; And this, with her baleful singing, Is the Lorelei's gruesome work.
While she talked, he seemed to hear, rippling softly, the song of the Lorelei. It was as though, somewhere, a piano were playing and the actual notes were impinging on his ear-drums.
The 1953 musical comedy Gentlemen Prefer Blondes is best remembered for Monroe's portrayal of the golddigging Lorelei Lee.A floorlength, red silk sequined dress worn near the start of the film is among the items up for sale.
Regan's children Lorelei, seven, and Dexter, four, are being cared for by their aunt Shannon, who now plans to adopt them with partner Alan Shaw.
The tragedy has left Regan's children Lorelei, seven, and Dexter, four, without parents.
TIPPERARY: 6.00 Beyond Dance, 6.30 Kattani, 7.00 Lorelei Rok, 7.30 That's Mad, 8.00 Show Must Go On, 8.30 Cork Harbour.
In the Soviet territory, young school teacher Jane fights back when her husband is arrested for the murder of his first wife Lorelei, a glamorous star of Marxist propaganda films.