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Tibet

[ti-bet] /tɪˈbɛt/
noun
1.
Also, Thibet. Also called Sitsang, Xizang. Official name Tibet Autonomous Region. an administrative division of China, N of the Himalayas: prior to 1950 a theocracy under the Dalai Lama; the highest country in the world, average elevation about 16,000 feet (4877 meters). 471,660 sq. mi. (1,221,599 sq. km).
Capital: Lhasa.
2.
Plateau of. Also called Tibetan Highlands, Roof of the World. a vast plateau in S central Asia bounded by the Tarim and Qaidam basin deserts to the N and the Himalayan, Karakoram, and Pamir mountain ranges to the S and W: highest plateau in the world, averaging about 15,000 feet (4570 meters). 850,000 sq. mi. (2,200,000 sq. km).
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  • Our excitement and eagerness increased day by day; now the uttermost margin of inhabited Tibet could not be far distant.

  • In Tibet everybody is a surgeon, thus woe to the unfortunate who needs one.

    In the Forbidden Land Arnold Henry Savage Landor
  • The expedition, or rather mission, under Colonel Younghusband in 1904 brings to an end our history of the exploration of Tibet.

    A Book of Discovery Margaret Bertha (M. B.) Synge
  • He stayed there until the 10th of May, to make arrangements for his travels in Tibet.

    In the Forbidden Land Arnold Henry Savage Landor
  • The summit of the great mountain mass is occupied by Tibet, a country known by its inhabitants under the name of Bod or Bodyul.

British Dictionary definitions for Tibet

Tibet

/tɪˈbɛt/
noun
1.
an autonomous region of SW China; formerly a theocracy and the centre of Lamaism: Europeans strictly excluded in the 19th century; invaded by China in 1950; rebellion (1959) against Chinese rule suppressed and the Dalai Lama fled to India; military rule imposed (1989–90) after continued demands for independence; consists largely of a vast high plateau between the Himalayas and Kunlun Mountains. Capital: Lhasa. Pop: 2 700 000 (2003 est). Area: 1 221 601 sq km (471 660 sq miles) Chinese names Xizang Autonomous Region, Sitsang
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Word Origin and History for Tibet

said to be a corruption in Chinese or Arabic of Bod, indigenous name, of unknown origin. As an adjective in English, Tibetian is older (1747) but Tibetan (1822) is now the usual word.

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Tibet in Culture

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Region in southwestern China, bordered by Burma to the southeast; India, Bhutan, and Nepal to the south; India to the west; and Chinese provinces to the north and east. Located in the Himalayas.

Note: The Dalai Lama, religious and civil leader of Tibet, was forced into exile in 1959, when the Chinese annexed the country.
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