[ shang-gruh-lah, shang-gruh-lah ]
/ ˈʃæŋ grəˌlɑ, ˌʃæŋ grəˈlɑ /
an imaginary paradise on earth, especially a remote and exotic utopia.
a faraway haven or hideaway of idyllic beauty and tranquility.
Origin of Shangri-la
after the fictional Tibetan land of eternal youth in the novel The Lost Horizon (1933) by James Hilton
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British Dictionary definitions for shangri la
/ (ˌʃæŋɡrɪˈlɑː) /
a remote or imaginary utopia
Word Origin for Shangri-la
C20: from the name of an imaginary valley in the Himalayas, from Lost Horizon (1933), a novel by James Hilton
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Culture definitions for shangri la
A fictional land of peace and perpetual youth; the setting for the 1933 novel Lost Horizon by the English author James Hilton, but probably best known from the movie versions. Shangri-La is supposedly in the mountains of Tibet.
A “Shangri-La,” by extension, is an ideal refuge from the troubles of the world.
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