Dalai Lama

Dalai Lama

[dah-lahy lah-muh]
noun
(formerly) the ruler and chief monk of Tibet, believed to be a reincarnation of Avalokitesvara and sought for among newborn children after the death of the preceding Dalai Lama.
Compare Tashi Lama.


Origin:
< Mongolian, equivalent to dalai ocean + lama a celibate priest

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Dalai Lama (ˈdælaɪ ˈlɑːmə)
 
n
1.  (until 1959) the chief lama and ruler of Tibet
2.  born 1935, the 14th holder of this office (1940), who fled to India (1959): Nobel peace prize 1989
 
[from Mongolian dalai ocean; see lama]

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