la·​ma | \ ˈlä-mə How to pronounce lama (audio) \

Definition of lama

: a Lamaist monk

Examples of lama in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The process of identifying a lama is based on spiritual signs and visions., 1 Aug. 2021 The result is an effective, streamlined version that quickly places us in the hands of Gorampa Sonam Sengge, an influential lama of the Sakya school who died in 1489. Lee Lawrence, WSJ, 12 May 2021 Building on that premise, the curators imagine how the lama might explain the purposes and powers of certain implements. Lee Lawrence, WSJ, 12 May 2021 There were many such lineages of lamas in Tibet, and the Dalai Lama was just one of them until 1642. Donald S. Lopez, New York Times, 25 Feb. 2020 Scene transitions have a ceremonial air, and Steve Lee and Franklin Dam provide tranquil performances as the visiting lama and monk. Nelson Pressley, Washington Post, 11 June 2019 But in the 17th century the country was unified by a founder-king and lama called Ngawang Namgyal (1594–1651), the first Zhabdrung, and the greatest. Lawrence Osborne, Town & Country, 30 Mar. 2015 The story is as follows: The monastery was built in memory of a 15th-century lama called Drukpa Kunley. Lawrence Osborne, Town & Country, 30 Mar. 2015 But with the help of the lamas in a Buddhist monastery deep in the Himalayas, the duo overcome their wartime fears and find inner peace. Pooja Makhijani, The Atlantic, 3 Oct. 2017 See More

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First Known Use of lama

1654, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for lama

Tibetan blama

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“Lama.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 May. 2022.

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