- 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.
- 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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Examples from the Web for tibet
Some officials in China do recognize that Tibet is a time bomb waiting to explode.
China claims Tibet as its own; but it cannot be moved by the deaths of Tibetans because it knows they are foreign.
China in Tibet has always been, like Britain in India and Spain in the Americas, an alien overlord.
Perhaps encouraged by such accommodative silence, China has tightened its grip over Tibet.
Today, North Korea is believed by some experts to be more accessible to journalists than Tibet.
In return he gave me interesting information about the soldiers of Tibet.
Divorce is difficult in Tibet and involves endless complications.
In Tibet everybody is a surgeon, thus woe to the unfortunate who needs one.
The mode of knowing and identifying children in Tibet is peculiar.
He stayed there until the 10th of May, to make arrangements for his travels in Tibet.
- 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
Word Origin and History for 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
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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