Name of Shangri-La, a fictional place described in the 1933 novel Lost Horizon by British author James Hilton. A Tibetan origin has been suggested, from ཞང (zhang, “name of a district of Ü-Tsang”) + རི (ri, “mountain”) + ལ (la, “pass”).
Shangri-La (plural Shangri-Las)
- A place of complete bliss, delight, and peace; paradise.
1943, James Hilton, Lost Horizon, Macmillan Company of Canada, 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.
1989, Grant Naylor, Red Dwarf: Infinity Welcomes Careful Drivers:
- He couldn't believe it when he'd discovered there actually was a town called Bedford Falls. It seemed like fans of the film had all collected there to live out their lives in a self-created 1940s American Shangri-la.