Lor·raine (lō-rān, lô-, lô-rĕn)
A historical region and former province of northeast France. Originally part of the kingdom of Lotharingia, the region passed to France in 1766 but was ceded with Alsace to Germany after the Franco-Prussian War (1871). The area was returned to France by the Treaty of Versailles (1919).
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