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Meaning of "Shangri-la" in the English dictionary

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ETYMOLOGY OF THE WORD SHANGRI-LA

From the name of an imaginary valley in the Himalayas, from Lost Horizon (1933), a novel by James Hilton.
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PRONUNCIATION OF SHANGRI-LA

Shangri-la  [ˌʃæŋɡrɪˈlɑː] play
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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF SHANGRI-LA

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Shangri-La is a noun.
A noun is a type of word the meaning of which determines reality. Nouns provide the names for all things: people, objects, sensations, feelings, etc.

WHAT DOES SHANGRI-LA MEAN IN ENGLISH?

Shangri-la

Shangri-La

Shangri-La is a fictional place described in the 1933 novel Lost Horizon by British author James Hilton. Hilton describes Shangri-La as a mystical, harmonious valley, gently guided from a lamasery, enclosed in the western end of the Kunlun Mountains. Shangri-La has become synonymous with any earthly paradise, and particularly a mythical Himalayan utopia — a permanently happy land, isolated from the outside world. In the novel Lost Horizon, the people who live at Shangri-La are almost immortal, living years beyond the normal lifespan and only very slowly aging in appearance. The word also evokes the imagery of exoticism of the Orient. In the ancient Tibetan scriptures, existence of seven such places is mentioned as Nghe-Beyul Khembalung. Khembalung is one of several beyuls believed to have been created by Padmasambhava in the 8th century as idyllic, sacred places of refuge for Buddhists during times of strife. Many scholars believe that Shangri-La is Shambhala, a mythical kingdom in Tibetan Buddhist tradition, which was sought by Eastern and Western explorers.

Definition of Shangri-la in the English dictionary

The definition of Shangri-la in the dictionary is a remote or imaginary utopia.

WORDS THAT RHYME WITH SHANGRI-LA


belah
ˈbiːlɑː
blah
blɑː
escolar
ˌɛskəˈlɑː
fa-la
fɑːˈlɑː
galah
ɡəˈlɑː
guslar
ɡuːsˈlɑː
Haleakala
ˌhɑːliːˌɑːkɑːˈlɑː
Hela
ˈhelɑː
Hezbollah
ˌhɛzbəˈlɑː
Hizbollah
ˌhɪzbəˈlɑː
hoopla
ˈhuːplɑː
Kevlar
ˈkɛvˌlɑː
la
lɑː
lah
lɑː
Lala
ˈlɑːlɑː
lar
lɑː
pela
ˈpeɪlɑː
tra-la
ˌtrɑːˈlɑː
tra-la-la
ˌtrɑːlɑːˈlɑː
zilla
ˈzɪlɑː

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE SHANGRI-LA

Shandong
shandry
shandrydan
shandy
shandygaff
Shang
Shangaan
shanghai
shanghaier
Shango
shank
Shankar
Shankara
Shankaracharya
shankbone
Shankly

WORDS THAT END LIKE SHANGRI-LA

ala
Angola
Anguilla
aula
bola
Cela
cola
formula
gala
Guatemala
Isabella
mala
Sevilla
sola
stella
Sulla
tela
Venezuela
villa
voila

Synonyms and antonyms of Shangri-la in the English dictionary of synonyms

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Translation of «Shangri-la» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF SHANGRI-LA

Find out the translation of Shangri-la to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of Shangri-la from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «Shangri-la» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

香格里拉
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

Shangri-la
570 millions of speakers

English

Shangri-la
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

गुप्त जगह
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

شانغريلا
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

Шангри-ла
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

Shangri- la
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

সাংগ্রি-লা
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

Shangri -la
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Shangri-la
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

Shangri-la
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

シャングリラ
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

샹 그리 - 라
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Shangri-la
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

Shangri-la
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

சங்கிரி-லா
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

शांग्री ला
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

Shangri La
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

Shangri -la
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

Shangri-la
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

Шангрі - ла
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

Shangri -La
30 millions of speakers
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Translator English - Greek

Shangri - la
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

Shangri -la
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

Shangri-la
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

Shangri-la
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of Shangri-la

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TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «SHANGRI-LA»

The term «Shangri-la» is very widely used and occupies the 23.197 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «SHANGRI-LA» OVER TIME

The graph expresses the annual evolution of the frequency of use of the word «Shangri-la» during the past 500 years. Its implementation is based on analysing how often the term «Shangri-la» appears in digitalised printed sources in English between the year 1500 and the present day.

Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about Shangri-la

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10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «SHANGRI-LA»

Discover the use of Shangri-la in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to Shangri-la and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
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Lost in Shangri-La: A True Story of Survival, Adventure, and ...
Mitchell Zuckoff reveals how the determined trio—dehydrated, sick, and in pain—traversed the dense jungle to find help; how a brave band of paratroopers risked their own lives to save the survivors; and how a cowboy colonel attempted a ...
Mitchell Zuckoff, 2011
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Lost Horizon
Four people are transported to the dream-like world of Shangri-La where life is eternal and civilization refined.
James Hilton, 1960
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Prisoners of Shangri-La: Tibetan Buddhism and the West
Lopez conveys the full dizziness of the Western encounter with Tibet and Tibetan Buddhism."—Fred Pheil, Tricycle: The Buddhist Review "A timely and courageous exploration. . . . [Lopez's] book will sharpen the terms of the debate over ...
Donald S. Lopez, 1999
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The Shangri-La Diet: The No Hunger Eat Anything Weight-Loss Plan
A revolutionary and simple way to lose weight and keep it off forever presents an effective strategy for controlling the body's internal "set point" that controls weight gain or loss and includes specific instructions for tailoring the ...
Seth Roberts, 2007
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Escape from Shangri-La
A past that comes to him only in glimpses – a lifeboat, a tin of condensed milk, a terrifying night on the beaches of Dunkirk in World War II . . . Former Children’s Laureate and award-winning author of War Horse, Michael Morpurgo, ...
Michael Morpurgo, 2011
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Shangri-La: A Practical Guide to the Himalayan Dream
Appealing to the adventure traveler or armchair reader who simply wishes to browse and dream, this guide promises to lead them into the glorious reality and breathtaking landscapes of the Himalayas.
Michael Buckley, 2008
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A Knight's Journey Into Shangri La
This book is the memoirs of American Soldiers in the Vietnam war spending most of their time tiring to stay alive.
Thomas I. Whelan, 2005
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Tomb Raider Chasing Shangri-La
TOMB RAIDER VOL 3 CHASING SHANGRI LA TP
Dan Jurgens, Andy Park, Billy Tan, 2002
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Shambhala: The Fascinating Truth Behind the Myth of Shangri-la
Somewhere, beyond Tibet, lies a paradise of universal wisdom and ineffable peace known as Shambhala.
Victoria LePage, 1996
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Beyond Shangri-La: America and Tibet's Move Into the ...
Beyond Shangri-La provides unique insight into the efforts of the U.S. government and committed U.S. citizens to support a free Tibet./div
John Kenneth Knaus, 2012

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «SHANGRI-LA»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term Shangri-la is used in the context of the following news items.
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Shangri-La shooting: Man sentenced to jail, caning for drug offences
SINGAPORE: One of two accused people charged with drug trafficking following a shooting incident near Shangri-La Hotel was on Monday (Jun 15) sentenced ... «Channel News Asia, Jun 15»
2
Shangri-La sues contractor for £57m over delays to Shard hotel …
The value of Shangri-La's claim splits into £40.2 million for the costs of putting right Sisk's work, £13.6 million for the delayed opening of the hotel, £1.9 million for ... «Evening Standard, Jun 15»
3
Shangri-La shooting: 2 suspects remanded a week, one faces …
TODAY reports: Muhammad Syahid Mohamed Yasin, 26, and Mohamed Ismail, 31, are charged for trafficking substances. The former is also accused of ... «Channel News Asia, Jun 15»
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Shangri-La Shooting: Wife of man shot by police says they were …
Minutes later, Taufik, 34, would be stopped at a police checkpoint in Ardmore Park near Shangri-La Hotel, where a summit attended by defence chiefs was being ... «The Straits Times, Jun 15»
5
Pushback in Shangri-La
China is declaring victory in the latest diplomatic battle for influence in East Asia. At this weekend's Shangri-La security summit in Singapore, one Chinese ... «Wall Street Journal, Jun 15»
6
Shangri-La suspects charged
Two suspects involved in a shooting incident near Shangri-La Hotel on Sunday - Muhammad Syahid Mohamed Yasin, 26, and Mohamed Ismail, 31 - have been ... «Channel News Asia, Jun 15»
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Suspects identified in shooting incident near Shangri-La Hotel
Police have identified the three suspects involved in a shooting incident near Shangri-La Hotel at Orange Grove Road on Sunday (May 31). The driver, who was ... «Channel News Asia, May 15»
8
Trouble in Shangri-La
LAST year's session of the annual Shangri-La Dialogue, a shindig in Singapore for Asia-Pacific defence chiefs, was better for journalists than for diplomats. «The Economist, May 15»
9
Speech by High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini …
Speech by High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini at the IISS Shangri-La Dialogue 2015. 31/05/2015. Print ... «EU News, May 15»
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Mad Men recap: Trouble in Shangri-La
Last year, Mad Men's season 7 premiere featured a quick scene in which Don Draper flipped on the TV and caught Frank Capra's 1937 movie Lost Horizon. «The Week Magazine, May 15»

REFERENCE
« EDUCALINGO. Shangri-La [online]. Available <https://educalingo.com/en/dic-en/shangri-la>. Sep 2022 ».
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