- 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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Examples from the Web for shangri-la
But Ello is not the Shangri-La of social networks that it might appear to be at first blush.Ello, Is It You We’re Looking For?
September 26, 2014
She checked into an entire 41-room floor of the Shangri-La Hotel on 23 December.Saudi Princess Dodges $8m bill
June 4, 2012
Still, many Africans see it as a Shangri-la, and the borders are porous.Will the World Cup Start a Riot?
Gretchen L. Wilson
June 10, 2010
First you get me drunk—only I'm not high any more—then you take me to Shangri-La.The Five Arrows
- a remote or imaginary utopia
C20: from the name of an imaginary valley in the Himalayas, from Lost Horizon (1933), a novel by James Hilton
A “Shangri-La,” by extension, is an ideal refuge from the troubles of the world.
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