lama

[ lah-muh ]
/ ˈlɑ mə /

noun

a priest or monk in Lamaism.

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Origin of lama

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

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH lama

lama , llama
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British Dictionary definitions for lama

lama
/ (ˈlɑːmə) /

noun

a priest or monk of Lamaism

Word Origin for lama

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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