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Dalai Lama

[ dah-lahy -lah-muh ]
/ ˈdɑ laɪ ˈlɑ mə /
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noun

(formerly) the ruler and chief monk of Tibet, believed to be a reincarnation of Avalokitesvara and sought for among newborn children after the death of the preceding Dalai Lama.

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Origin of Dalai Lama

From Mongolian, equivalent to dalai “ocean” + lama “a celibate priest”

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British Dictionary definitions for Dalai Lama

Dalai Lama
/ (ˈdælaɪ ˈlɑːmə) /

noun

(until 1959) the chief lama and ruler of Tibet
born 1935, the 14th holder of this office (1940), who fled to India (1959): Nobel peace prize 1989

Word Origin for Dalai Lama

from Mongolian dalai ocean; see lama
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