Definitions for dalai lamaˈdɑ laɪ ˈlɑ mə
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Da•lai La•maˈdɑ laɪ ˈlɑ mə(n.)
the title for the traditional ruler and chief monk of Tibet.
Category: Eastern Religions
(Tenzin Gyatso), born 1935, Tibetan religious and political leader, in exile since 1959: the Dalai Lama since 1940; Nobel peace prize 1989.
Origin of Dalai Lama:
< Mongolian, =dalai ocean +lama a celibate priest
Dalai Lama, Grand Lama(noun)
chief lama and once ruler of Tibet
(Tibetan Buddhism) The supreme head of Tibetan Buddhism, believed to be an incarnation of Avalokitesvara, and considered the spiritual leader of the Tibetan people.
Origin: From далай + Tibetan བླ་མ.