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[shang-gruh-lah, shang-gruh-lah]
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  1. an imaginary paradise on earth, especially a remote and exotic utopia.
  2. a faraway haven or hideaway of idyllic beauty and tranquility.
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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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Related Words for shangri la

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British Dictionary definitions for shangri la


  1. a remote or imaginary utopia
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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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Word Origin and History for shangri la

Shangri La


imaginary earthly paradise, 1938, from Shangri La, name of Tibetan utopia in James Hilton's novel "Lost Horizon" (1933, film version 1937). In Tibetan, la means "mountain pass."

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shangri la in Culture


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.

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A “Shangri-La,” by extension, is an ideal refuge from the troubles of the world.
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