Definition of the Dalai Lama noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


the Dalai Lama

BrE BrE//ˌdælaɪ ˈlɑːmə//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌdælaɪ ˈlɑːmə//
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the leader of Tibetan Buddhism and, in former times, the ruler of Tibet Word Originfrom Tibetan, literally ‘ocean monk’, so named because he is regarded as “the ocean of compassion”.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: the Dalai Lama