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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An imaginary remote paradise on earth; utopia.
  • n. A distant and secluded hideaway, usually of great beauty and peacefulness.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A place of complete bliss, delight, and peace; paradise.

Etymologies

After Shangri-La, the imaginary land in the novel Lost Horizon by James Hilton.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Shangri-La, a fictional place described in the 1933 novel Lost Horizon by British author James Hilton. (Wiktionary)

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