1937, in the meaning defined at sense 1
Shangri-La, imaginary land depicted in the novel Lost Horizon (1933) by James Hilton
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“Shangri-la.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Shangri-la. Accessed 13 Aug. 2022.
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