la-la land

[ lah-lah ]
/ ˈlɑˌlɑ /

noun Slang.

a state of being out of touch with reality.
(usually initial capital letters) Los Angeles.



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Origin of la-la land

1980–85; reduplication of L.A., abbreviation of Los Angeles Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

British Dictionary definitions for la-la land

La-La land
/ (ˈlɑːˌlɑː) /

noun slang

a nickname for Los Angeles
(not capitals) a place that is remote from reality

Word Origin for La-La land

C20: reduplication of the initials LA
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Idioms and Phrases with la-la land

la-la land


Los Angeles, California (often abbreviated L.A.). This expression pokes fun at the alleged eccentricities of the city's inhabitants. For example, What do you expect? Frederick has lived in la-la land for ten years and it has rubbed off on him. [Slang; c. 1980]


A state of being out of touch with reality, as in I don't know what's going on with Amy—she seems to be in la-la land. [Slang; c. 1980] Also see cloud-cuckoo land; never-never land.

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