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Shangri-la

[shang-gruh-lah, shang-gruh-lah] /ˈʃæŋ grəˌlɑ, ˌʃæŋ grəˈlɑ/
noun
1.
an imaginary paradise on earth, especially a remote and exotic utopia.
2.
a faraway haven or hideaway of idyllic beauty and tranquility.
Origin
after the fictional Tibetan land of eternal youth in the novel The Lost Horizon (1933) by James Hilton
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Shangri-la

/ˌʃæŋɡrɪˈlɑː/
noun
1.
a remote or imaginary utopia
Word Origin
C20: from the name of an imaginary valley in the Himalayas, from Lost Horizon (1933), a novel by James Hilton
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A fictional land of peace and perpetual youth; the setting for the 1933 novel Lost Horizon by the English author James Hilton, but probably best known from the movie versions. Shangri-La is supposedly in the mountains of Tibet.

Note: A “Shangri-La,” by extension, is an ideal refuge from the troubles of the world.
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