lama

[ lah-muh ]
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noun
  1. a priest or monk in Lamaism.

Origin of lama

1
1645–55; <Tibetan lama (spelling bla ma) literally, superior one (in Tibetan applied only to monks of high rank)

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British Dictionary definitions for lama

lama

/ (ˈlɑːmə) /


noun
  1. a priest or monk of Lamaism

Origin of lama

1
C17: from Tibetan blama

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Cultural definitions for lama

lama

[ (lah-muh) ]


In the Buddhism of Tibet, a monk or priest. The chief of the lamas is the Dalai Lama.

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