[ lah-mahs ]
/ ˈlɑ mɑs /


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

Definition for lamas (2 of 2)


[ lah-muh ]
/ ˈlɑ mə /


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)

Can be confused

lama llama Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for lamas


/ (ˈlɑːmə) /


a priest or monk of Lamaism

Word Origin for lama

C17: from Tibetan blama
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Culture definitions for lamas


[ (lah-muh) ]

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

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