lu·​cerne lü-ˈsərn How to pronounce lucerne (audio)
variants or less commonly lucern
chiefly British

Word History


French luzerne, from Occitan luserno

First Known Use

1626, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of lucerne was in 1626

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Cite this Entry

“Lucerne.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Feb. 2024.

Geographical Definition


geographical name

Lu·​cerne lü-ˈsərn How to pronounce Lucerne (audio)
variants or German Luzern
canton of central Switzerland area 577 square miles (1494 square kilometers), population 390,000
commune on Lake of Lucerne, central Switzerland population 80,500

Note: The commune of Lucerne is the capital of the canton of Lucerne.

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