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Lamas

[lah-mahs]
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noun
  1. Car·los Sa·a·ve·dra [kahr-laws sah-ah-ve-drah] /ˈkɑr lɔs ˌsɑ ɑˈvɛ drɑ/. Saavedra Lamas, Carlos.
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lama

[lah-muh]
noun
  1. 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)
Can be confusedlama llama
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  • All the lamas of the convent, with their chief, stood about it, when we entered the court.

  • And who better than the Lamas could make peace between God and him?

    In the Forbidden Land

    Arnold Henry Savage Landor

  • In this condition he was dragged before the Lamas, only to be decapitated!

    In the Forbidden Land

    Arnold Henry Savage Landor

  • The party then continued their career, the Lamas having fallen in.

    In the Forbidden Land

    Arnold Henry Savage Landor

  • He received two hundred lashes with whips, wielded by two Lamas.

    In the Forbidden Land

    Arnold Henry Savage Landor


British Dictionary definitions for lamas

lama

noun
  1. a priest or monk of Lamaism
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Word Origin

C17: from Tibetan blama
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Word Origin and History for lamas

lama

n.

"Buddhist priest of Mongolia or Tibet," 1650s, from Tibetan blama "chief, high priest," with silent b-. Related: Lamasery.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

lamas in Culture

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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