- a priest or monk in Lamaism.
Origin of lama
1645–55; < Tibetan lama (spelling bla ma) literally, superior one (in Tibetan applied only to monks of high rank)
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Examples from the Web for lama
The father confessed to the abuse, mentioning to the judge that he believed that Lama was behaving inappropriately.Will a Child Rapist Walk Free in Saudi Arabia?
February 5, 2013
Lama Fakih, a Syria country researcher at Human Rights Watch, explains the legal repercussions of indiscriminate weapons.Inside the Free Syrian Army’s ‘Candy Factories,’ the Secret Rebel Arms Workshops
Anna Therese Day
October 23, 2012
A Tibetan lama believes he cured his gangrene-stricken leg by meditating for a year.Can Meditation Cure Disease?
December 25, 2010
I asked my interpreter not to lose a single word of what the lama told me.
Our religion is called the Lamaic one—from the word 'lama,' superior.
After a while a Lama came in with a smiling face and said he had good news to give me.In the Forbidden Land
Arnold Henry Savage Landor
The Lama shrunk up inside his coat and looked at me with fear.
The Lama was silent and afterwards, as though answering my thoughts, continued.
- a priest or monk of Lamaism
C17: from Tibetan blama
Word Origin and History for lama
"Buddhist priest of Mongolia or Tibet," 1650s, from Tibetan blama "chief, high priest," with silent b-. Related: Lamasery.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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