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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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British Dictionary definitions for shangri la

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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Word Origin and History for shangri la

Shangri La

n.

imaginary earthly paradise, 1938, from Shangri La, name of Tibetan utopia in James Hilton's novel "Lost Horizon" (1933, film version 1937). In Tibetan, la means "mountain pass."

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shangri la in Culture

Shangri-La definition


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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Slang definitions & phrases for shangri la

Shangri La

noun phrase

An ideal place of leisure and secure remoteness; an earthly paradise

[1930s+; fr the fictional Himalayan country in James Hilton's 1933 novel Lost Horizon]


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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