a priest or monk in Lamaism.

1645–55; < Tibetan lama (spelling bla ma) literally, superior one (in Tibetan applied only to monks of high rank)

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World English Dictionary
lama (ˈlɑːmə)
a priest or monk of Lamaism
[C17: from Tibetan blama]

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Word Origin & History

"Buddhist priest of Mongolia or Tibet," 1654, from Tibetan blama "chief, high priest," with silent b-.
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Cultural Dictionary
lama [(lah-muh)]

In the Buddhism of Tibet, a monk or priest. The chief of the lamas is the Dalai Lama.

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Bible Dictionary

Lama definition

(Matt. 27:46), a Hebrew word meaning why, quoted from Ps. 22:1.

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Example sentences
There was much chanting of prayers, and finally the head lama circled the building twice with us all trailing along behind him.
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