Meaning of Shangri-La in English:


Pronunciation /ˌʃaŋɡrɪˈlɑː/

Translate Shangri-La into Spanish

proper noun

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


  • A place regarded as an earthly paradise, especially when involving a retreat from the pressures of modern civilization.

    ‘we moved out of Los Angeles and created this mountain-top Shangri-La’
    • ‘What is known is that it is the ever-elusive Paradise or Nirvana or Shangri-La that everyone, especially Ibn Fattouma, is searching for.’
    • ‘We called it la-la land, a Shangri-La of dreams and reality.’
    • ‘At the end of this conversation, inevitably, looms a Shangri-La of potential script options and development deals.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘They are rescued by a mysterious people who take them to a hidden Utopia called Shangri-La.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I'd hardly call it paradise, but it's better than Shangri-La, where they usually stick the freshmen.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Maharani dahl, my own private Shangri-La, brings beans and black lentils into divine harmony with butter, cream and majestic spices.’
    • ‘With its Buddhist monasteries and prayer flags it bears a passing resemblance to some long lost Shangri-La.’
    • ‘To most people, especially then, Patagonia was a name like Timbuktu or Shangri-La - far off, interesting, not quite on the map.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The oasis was like finding Shangri-La, or El Dorado, or Eden, or Valhalla, or… well, an oasis in the desert.’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    ecstasy, bliss, rapture, contentment, happiness, delight, joy, felicity, supreme happiness, supreme joy, perfect contentment, seventh heaven, cloud nine


From Shangri (an invented name) + Tibetan la ‘mountain pass’.