la·​ma ˈlä-mə How to pronounce lama (audio)
plural lamas
: a Tibetan Buddhist monk

Examples of lama in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Nowadays, the landlocked nation sandwiched between Russia and China is overwhelmingly Buddhist, with traditional links to Tibet’s leading lamas, including the Dalai Lama. Nicole Winfield and Saruul Enkhbold,, 2 Sep. 2023 Darkness retreats date back centuries to the monks and lamas in Tibet to the ancient Egyptians. Christopher Kuhagen, Journal Sentinel, 15 Feb. 2023 The trip continues south to Torres del Paine National Park, a five-hour drive from Punta Arenas through scrubby steppe patrolled by the region’s lama-like guanacos and Andean condors. Alex Postman, Condé Nast Traveler, 19 Apr. 2022 Even the animals feel like something out of a fairytale—the camel-lama-deer hybrid called the guanaco, the bunny-squirrel-cat mix called the vizcacha, and the pumas, who, as the hotel will explain, are always watching. Teddy Minford, Vogue, 9 Dec. 2022 Matthiessen speaks with a lama who claims to see snow leopards frequently. Yael Martínez, New York Times, 21 Sep. 2022 In the Madison writer's new novel, twin brothers who don't get along, but have a psychic bond, travel across Mongolia seeking the new incarnation of a great lama. Jim Higgins, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 18 May 2022 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 See More

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Word History


Tibetan blama

First Known Use

1841, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of lama was in 1841

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“Lama.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Oct. 2023.

Kids Definition


la·​ma ˈläm-ə How to pronounce lama (audio)
: a Lamaist monk

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