or La·sa, Las·sa
- a city in and the capital of Tibet, in the SE part: sacred city of Lamaism. About 12,000 feet (3650 meters) above sea level.
- Also Thibet. Also called Sitsang, Xizang. Official name Tibet Autonomous Region. an administrative division of China, N of the Himalayas: prior to 1950 a theocracy under the Dalai Lama; the highest country in the world, average elevation about 16,000 feet (4877 meters). 471,660 sq. mi. (1,221,599 sq. km). Capital: Lhasa.
- Plateau of. Also called Tibetan Highlands, Roof of the World. a vast plateau in S central Asia bounded by the Tarim and Qaidam basin deserts to the N and the Himalayan, Karakoram, and Pamir mountain ranges to the S and W: highest plateau in the world, averaging about 15,000 feet (4570 meters). 850,000 sq. mi. (2,200,000 sq. km).
Examples from the Web for lhasa
Once, she called home all excited about her new Lhasa apso—a $500 dog!The Strange and Mysterious Death of Mrs. Jerry Lee Lewis
Richard Ben Cramer
January 11, 2014
Any cars coming from Lhasa are immediately stopped and searched," says one local, "What have we done to deserve this?Tibetan Buddhist Self-Immolation Suicides Go Viral
March 26, 2012
He had a ferocious temper, growing so angry at times his body shook as he stood on the shiny floor of his winter palace in Lhasa.The Dalai Lama's Great Escape
December 31, 2010
From the western Tibetan town of Ngari, I was taken to Lhasa, where I was thrown into a detention camp.Tibet's Star Activist Warns Obama
February 4, 2010
We had a journey of eight days more to Lhasa, he assured us.From Pole to Pole
Sven Anders Hedin
The Pontiffs of Lhasa and Urga know and possess her mystery.Beasts, Men and Gods
And this was the frame of mind in which I rode out of Lhasa on our march homeward.The Heart of Nature
You is Eulopean missionary, very bad man; you want to go to Lhasa.Hilda Wade
The great road to Lhasa along the Indus and to Gartok was closed to us.Trans-Himalaya, Vol. 1 (of 2)
- a city in SW China, capital of Tibet, at an altitude of 3606 m (11 830 ft): for centuries the sacred city of Lamaism and residence of the Dalai Lamas from the 17th century until 1950; known as the Forbidden City because it was closed to Westerners until the beginning of the 20th century; annexed by China in 1951. The Dalai Lama fled after an unsuccessful revolt against Chinese rule in 1959. Pop: 131 000 (2005 est)
- an autonomous region of SW China; formerly a theocracy and the centre of Lamaism: Europeans strictly excluded in the 19th century; invaded by China in 1950; rebellion (1959) against Chinese rule suppressed and the Dalai Lama fled to India; military rule imposed (1989–90) after continued demands for independence; consists largely of a vast high plateau between the Himalayas and Kunlun Mountains. Capital: Lhasa. Pop: 2 700 000 (2003 est). Area: 1 221 601 sq km (471 660 sq miles)Chinese names: Xizang Autonomous Region, Sitsang
Word Origin and History for lhasa
said to be a corruption in Chinese or Arabic of Bod, indigenous name, of unknown origin. As an adjective in English, Tibetian is older (1747) but Tibetan (1822) is now the usual word.