Shangri-la

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From Shangri-La, a fictional place described in the 1933 novel Lost Horizon by British author James Hilton.

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Shangri-la (uncountable)

  1. A place of complete bliss, delight, and peace; paradise.
    • 1943, James Hilton, Lost Horizon , Macmillan Company of Canada, first occurance, page 54:
      He spoke a kind of Chinese that I don't understand very well, but I think he said something about a lamasery near here, along the valley, I gathered, where we could get food and shelter. Shangri-La, he called it.

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