Lhasa

or La·sa, Las·sa

[lah-suh, -sah, las-uh]
noun
  1. 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.

Tibet

[ti-bet]
noun
  1. 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.
  2. 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).
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Contemporary Examples of lhasa

Historical Examples of lhasa

  • 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

    Ferdinand Ossendowski

  • And this was the frame of mind in which I rode out of Lhasa on our march homeward.

    The Heart of Nature

    Francis Younghusband

  • You is Eulopean missionary, very bad man; you want to go to Lhasa.

    Hilda Wade

    Grant Allen

  • They quietly answered: “We have only to obey the orders of the Devashung in Lhasa.”


British Dictionary definitions for lhasa

Lhasa

Lassa

noun
  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)

Tibet

noun
  1. 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
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Word Origin and History for lhasa

Tibet

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

lhasa in Culture

Tibet

Region in southwestern China, bordered by Burma to the southeast; India, Bhutan, and Nepal to the south; India to the west; and Chinese provinces to the north and east. Located in the Himalayas.

Note

The Dalai Lama, religious and civil leader of Tibet, was forced into exile in 1959, when the Chinese annexed the country.
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