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May 12, 2010
This week's theme
Words derived after mythical places

This week's words
utopia
cockaigne
shangri-la
Garden of Eden
Land of Oz

Shangri-Law in the film Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow
Shangri-la, a still from the film Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow (2004)

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Shangri-la

PRONUNCIATION:
(shang-gri-LAH)

MEANING:
noun: An imaginary, idyllic place that is remote and secluded.

ETYMOLOGY:
After Shangri-La, a Tibetan utopia in the novel Lost Horizon (1933) by James Hilton (1900-1954). From Shangri (a coined name) + Tibetan la (mountain pass).

USAGE:
"For just one hour you think you are living in dreamland, a Shangri-La, where if life is not yet quite perfect, it will be very soon."
Simon Hoggart; Budget 2010; The Guardian (London, UK); Mar 25, 2010.

See more usage examples of Shangri-la in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

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