or La·sa, Las·sa

[ lah-suh, -sah, las-uh ]

  1. a city in and the capital of Tibet, in the SE part: sacred city of Lamaism. About 12,000 feet (3,650 meters) above sea level.

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How to use Lhasa in a sentence

  • The most interesting feature of Langkor is an ancient temple, an appanage of the great Drophung monastery of Lhasa.

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  • All four had come in autumn, and were waiting for the warmer season to proceed to Lhasa, and return thence home again.

  • Even the Chinese in Lhasa, I said, had treated us pleasantly and had left us the fullest freedom.

  • Still marching south-westwards we approached at an acute angle the great main road between Lhasa and Ladak, the so-called tasam.

  • We expected good news from Lhasa, and were glad that the people in Saka had granted the permission I had asked for.

British Dictionary definitions for Lhasa



/ (ˈlɑːsə) /

  1. 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)

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