Definitions

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

Etymologies

From Lao ລາວ ("Lao") with terminal s due to French orthography. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • You know that the Americans have been using Laos as a forward base both for themselves and the Thais, and have guided their planes for bombing us from Laos….

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  • JUNE 20, 2005, LAOS: A cyanide spill occurred at the Phu Bia gold mine in Laos, operated by Australian company Pan Australian Resources.

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  • VIENTIANE, LAOS: Laos has temporary stopped the importation of milk products from China after some of the milk products being sold in Vientiane were found tainted with the industrial chemical melamine.

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  • But the situation in Laos is worse than in Iraq, where U.S. forces used far fewer cluster bombs with much lower dud rates than the ones used in the Vietnam War.

    USATODAY.com - 30-year-old bombs still very deadly in Laos

  • The JTF in Laos is still searching with no positive results.

    Sale, Harold R. Jr.

  • In 1969, U.S. Defense policy for response on U.S. operations in Laos was, "The preferable response to questions about air operations in Laos is no comment."

    Bannon, Paul W.

  • The name of one serviceman, lost in Laos, is being withheld at the request of the family.

    Young, Robert M.

  • SYNOPSIS: In mid-February, 1969, U.S. Defense policy for response on U.S. operations in Laos was, "The preferable response to questions about air operations in Laos is 'no comment'."

    Macko, Charles

  • Nong Fa Lake is said to be a sacred place in Laos in the heart of the National park, a possible explanation is that it was formed by a volcanic eruption many thousands of years ago.

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  • We added Jim Barbush, an ex-Californian who has become a go-to guy in Laos for adventure-seeking millionaires, U.S. politicians, and other wastrels.

    Off the Beaten Track

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