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Grand Lama

the chief monk and ruler of Tibet: called the Dalai Lama since the middle of the 17th century.
Origin of Grand Lama
First recorded in 1930-35 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • On one of them is seen the impression of the foot of the above-named Grand Lama.

  • Even more, he was like the Grand Lama, almost an object of worship.

    From Egypt to Japan Henry M. Field
  • The fourth Grand Lama, a Mongolian, is buried within the precincts.

    The Unveiling of Lhasa Edmund Candler
  • I wonder whether he will live to be a Grand Lama or a popular Minister.

    Phineas Redux

    Anthony Trollope
  • The Grand Lama is the head of the church as reorganized by Tsong-kha-pa.

  • It is as difficult to get you here as if you were the Grand Lama of Thibet.

    Cord and Creese James de Mille
  • All the musicians wear yellow mitres somewhat like the mitre of the Grand Lama.

  • Immediately on my arrival I begged for an audience with the Grand Lama, but he has not even condescended to give me an answer.

  • Wherever the holy caravan passed crowds of pilgrims collected to worship the Grand Lama and offer him presents.

  • In each of these monuments the Grand Lama is interred at the top, in the pyramid behind his own image.

British Dictionary definitions for Grand Lama

Grand Lama

either of two high priests of Lamaism, the Dalai Lama or the Panchen Lama
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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