la-la land

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\ ˈlä-ˌlä- How to pronounce la-la land (audio) \

Definition of la-la land

1 : a euphoric, dreamlike mental state detached from the harsher realities of life When you spend time around [him] you are struck by someone who isn't living in la-la land and isn't a pushover.— Todd Balf
2 La-La Land used as a nickname for Los Angeles, California Like most devoted New Yorkers who find themselves in La-La Land, the author goes through at least half of the five stages of grief.— Alexandra Jacobs

Examples of la-la land in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Judging from a few recent news stories, slices of the not-for-profit art world in New York seem stuck in la-la land. Brian T. Allen, National Review, "The Pulse of the Art World, Mid-Pandemic," 11 Apr. 2020 Many of the investors were Hoosiers in Hollywood, midlife businessmen from boring industries in the Corn Belt heeding la-la land’s age-old siren call. Benjamin Wallace, HWD, "Can Anyone Repair National Lampoon’s Devastated Brand?," 1 May 2017 Stop beating yourself up for drifting off to la-la land. Tori Rodriguez, Woman's Day, "5 "Bad" Habits That Are Actually Good for You," 3 Aug. 2016 Stop beating yourself up for drifting off to la-la land. Tori Rodriguez, Woman's Day, "5 "Bad" Habits That Are Actually Good for You," 3 Aug. 2016 Many of the investors were Hoosiers in Hollywood, midlife businessmen from boring industries in the Corn Belt heeding la-la land’s age-old siren call. Benjamin Wallace, HWD, "Can Anyone Repair National Lampoon’s Devastated Brand?," 1 May 2017

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First Known Use of la-la land

1979, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for la-la land

perhaps from la-la nonsense syllables in the refrains of songs

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“La-la land.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/la-la%20land. Accessed 11 Apr. 2021.

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la-la land

noun

English Language Learners Definition of la-la land

informal
: the mental state of someone who is not aware of what is really happening
used as a nickname for Los Angeles, California

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