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[shang-gruh-lah, shang-gruh-lah] /ˈʃæŋ grəˌlɑ, ˌʃæŋ grəˈlɑ/
an imaginary paradise on earth, especially a remote and exotic utopia.
a faraway haven or hideaway of idyllic beauty and tranquility.
Origin of Shangri-la
after the fictional Tibetan land of eternal youth in the novel The Lost Horizon (1933) by James Hilton Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • First you get me drunk—only I'm not high any more—then you take me to Shangri-la.

    The Five Arrows Allan Chase
British Dictionary definitions for Shangri-la


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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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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