- 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
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- a remote or imaginary utopia
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
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."
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
A “Shangri-La,” by extension, is an ideal refuge from the troubles of the world.
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