from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- A country of southeast Asia. Originally part of the Khmer Empire, the region became a powerful Lao kingdom (14th-15th century) and was later incorporated into French Indochina in 1893. Laos gained its independence in 1953, but a Communist uprising soon drew the country into a civil war, and a Communist state was established in 1975. Vientiane is the capital and the largest city. Population: 6,520,000.
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- proper n. A country in Southeast Asia. Official name: Lao People’s Democratic Republic.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- proper n. a country in Southeast Asia.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a mountainous landlocked communist state in southeastern Asia; achieved independence from France in 1949
From Lao ລາວ ("Lao") with terminal s due to French orthography. (Wiktionary)