Definition of Shangri-La in English:


Syllabification: Shan·gri-La
Pronunciation: /ˌSHaNGgri ˈlä
  • 1A Tibetan utopia in James Hilton’s novel Lost Horizon (1933).
  • 1.1 (as noun a Shangri-La) A place regarded as an earthly paradise, especially when involving a retreat from the pressures of modern civilization.
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    • What is known is that it is the ever-elusive Paradise or Nirvana or Shangri-La that everyone, especially Ibn Fattouma, is searching for.
    • We called it la-la land, a Shangri-La of dreams and reality.
    • At the end of this conversation, inevitably, looms a Shangri-La of potential script options and development deals.


from Shangri (an invented name) + Tibetan la 'mountain pass'.

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