Definition of Shangri-La in US English:


proper noun

  • 1A Tibetan utopia in James Hilton's novel Lost Horizon (1933).

    1. 1.1as noun a Shangri-La A place regarded as an earthly paradise, especially when involving a retreat from the pressures of modern civilization.
      • ‘What is known is that it is the ever-elusive Paradise or Nirvana or Shangri-La that everyone, especially Ibn Fattouma, is searching for.’
      • ‘To most people, especially then, Patagonia was a name like Timbuktu or Shangri-La - far off, interesting, not quite on the map.’
      • ‘They are rescued by a mysterious people who take them to a hidden Utopia called Shangri-La.’
      • ‘The story of how this trout Shangri-La fared in the twentieth century illustrates something few anglers consider: the changes their sport has undergone in the last century.’
      • ‘The whole idea of the film has a group of youngsters from around the world seeking a paradisiacal, off-the-beaten-track Shangri-La where they can kick back, laze about, smoke some dope and do as they wish.’
      • ‘Humans' desire to reshape nature to their benefit is nowhere better exemplified than in Yellowstone-even this trout Shangri-La could fulfill a greater potential, indeed, a greater vision.’
      • ‘And I wanted to see if this road that once seemed as impossibly romantic as Xanadu or Shangri-La was where I had left them.’
      • ‘I'd hardly call it paradise, but it's better than Shangri-La, where they usually stick the freshmen.’
      • ‘As the story lifts, Zhang slowly adds more colour until Wei's socks are bright red, of course, and that remote village starts to look like Shangri-La.’
      • ‘The oasis was like finding Shangri-La, or El Dorado, or Eden, or Valhalla, or… well, an oasis in the desert.’
      • ‘At the end of this conversation, inevitably, looms a Shangri-La of potential script options and development deals.’
      • ‘Maharani dahl, my own private Shangri-La, brings beans and black lentils into divine harmony with butter, cream and majestic spices.’
      • ‘What's the point of fashioning 1,001 wondrous beasties and marvels - from Shangri-La to two-headed dinosaurs to a reconstructed Radio City cinema - if you swamp them in the shadows?’
      • ‘Greendale is Young's idea of Shangri-La, where lumberjackets are always in style and girls with far-out tree-hugger names grow up to be ecologically responsible cheerleaders instead of SUV-driving mall rats.’
      • ‘We called it la-la land, a Shangri-La of dreams and reality.’
      • ‘You go just past Atlantis, hang a left at the Garden of Eden, keep going past Shangri-La, and make the first right turn past Never-Never Land.’
      • ‘For these closed-minded souls, the traditionalist society of the modern day Philippines should seem like Shangri-La, for here the age-old sexual roles are strictly enforced.’
      • ‘In the '60s and '70s, Europe was viewed in some corners as a kind of sexual Shangri-La, an idea brought home in the steady imports of European erotica to the grind houses of America.’
      • ‘I worried also about the nature of our neighborhood, which is a redneck Shangri-La of big dawgs, trucks with bad mufflers, heavily armed Gomers, and gangs of marauding feral boys with BB guns.’
      • ‘With its Buddhist monasteries and prayer flags it bears a passing resemblance to some long lost Shangri-La.’
      ecstasy, bliss, rapture, contentment, happiness, delight, joy, felicity, supreme happiness, supreme joy, perfect contentment, seventh heaven, cloud nine
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From Shangri (an invented name) + Tibetan la ‘mountain pass’.