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Dalai Lama

[dah-lahy lah-muh] /ˈdɑ laɪ ˈlɑ mə/
(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 of Dalai Lama
< Mongolian, equivalent to dalai ocean + lama a celibate priest Unabridged
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  • The present dalai-lama has now, at the age of twenty-one or twenty-two, attained his majority.

  • The dalai-lama is evidently an energetic and well-intentioned man.

  • The dalai-lama and the tesho-or bogdo-lama are regarded as supreme pontiffs.

  • dalai-lama, chief priest of Lamaism, reverenced as a living incarnation of deity, always present on earth in him.

    The Nuttall Encyclopaedia Edited by Rev. James Wood
  • Kien-Lung smells mischief; not the remotest dalai-lama shall now knead his dough-pills in peace.

    The French Revolution Thomas Carlyle
  • This could only be done by addressing themselves to the great head of their religion, the dalai-lama of Tibet.

  • After his death, this title was given to the dalai-lama of Thibet.

  • This could only be done by addressing themselves to the great head of 10 their religion, the dalai-lama of Tibet.

  • Among the duties of the latter are the recital of prayers for the happiness and long life of the dalai-lama.

  • The supreme administration is in the hands of a council under the presidency of the dalai-lama, known as the "Devashoun."

British Dictionary definitions for dalai-lama

Dalai Lama

/ˈdælaɪ ˈlɑːmə/
(until 1959) the chief lama and ruler of Tibet
born 1935, the 14th holder of this office (1940), who fled to India (1959): Nobel peace prize 1989
Word Origin
from Mongolian dalai ocean; see lama
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Word Origin and History for dalai-lama

Dalai Lama

literally "the Ocean Lama," from Mongolian dalai "ocean" + lama.

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