Dalai Lama

[ dah-lahy lah-muh ]

noun
  1. (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.

Origin of Dalai Lama

1
From Mongolian, equivalent to dalai “ocean” + lama “a celibate priest”

Words Nearby Dalai Lama

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How to use Dalai Lama in a sentence

  • It is believed that the present Dalai Lama was permitted to come of age in order to throw off the Chinese yoke.

    The Unveiling of Lhasa | Edmund Candler
  • We had been in Lhasa nearly three weeks before we could discover where the Dalai Lama had fled.

    The Unveiling of Lhasa | Edmund Candler
  • The reigning Dalai Lama visits Depung annually, and a palace in the university is reserved for his use.

    The Unveiling of Lhasa | Edmund Candler
  • He talks of Tibet and the Dalai Lama, and of the great stillness in the heart of the desert.

    From Pole to Pole | Sven Anders Hedin
  • The supreme administration is in the hands of a council under the presidency of the Dalai-Lama, known as the "Devashoun."

British Dictionary definitions for Dalai Lama

Dalai Lama

/ (ˈdælaɪ ˈlɑːmə) /


noun
  1. (until 1959) the chief lama and ruler of Tibet

  2. born 1935, the 14th holder of this office (1940), who fled to India (1959): Nobel peace prize 1989

Origin of Dalai Lama

1
from Mongolian dalai ocean; see lama

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