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A country of southeast Asia. Once 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.
(Placename) a republic in SE Asia: first united as the kingdom of Lan Xang ("million elephants") in 1353, after being a province of the Khmer Empire for about four centuries; made part of French Indochina in 1893 and gained independence in 1949; became a republic in 1975. It is generally forested and mountainous, with the Mekong River running almost the whole length of the W border. Official language: Laotian. Religion: Buddhist majority, tribal religions. Currency: kip. Capital: Vientiane. Pop: 6 695 166 (2013 est). Area: 236 800 sq km (91 429 sq miles). Official name: People's Democratic Republic of Laos
La•os(ˈlɑ oʊs, laʊs, ˈleɪ ɒs)
a country in SE Asia: formerly part of French Indochina. 5,407,453; 91,500 sq. mi. (236,985 sq. km). Cap.: Vientiane.
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|Noun||1.||Laos - a mountainous landlocked communist state in southeastern Asia; achieved independence from France in 1949|
ASEAN, Association of Southeast Asian Nations - an association of nations dedicated to economic and political cooperation in southeastern Asia and who joined with the United States to fight against global terrorism
Indochina, Indochinese peninsula - a peninsula of southeastern Asia that includes Myanmar and Cambodia and Laos and Malaysia and Thailand and Vietnam
Mekong, Mekong River - an Asian river; flows through a large delta in southern Vietnam into the South China Sea
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