Dictionary Meaning and Definition on 'Laos'
n : a mountainous landlocked communist state in southeastern
Asia; achieved independence from France in 1949 [syn: Lao
People's Democratic Republic}]
Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Laos'
Laos (i /ˈlaʊs/, /ˈlɑːoʊs/, or /ˈleɪɒs/), Lao: ສາທາລະນະລັດ ປະຊາທິປະໄຕ ປະຊາຊົນລາວ Sathalanalat Paxathipatai Paxaxon Lao, officially the Lao People's Democratic Republic, is a landlocked country in Southeast Asia, bordered by Burma and People's Republic of China to the northwest, Vietnam to the east, Cambodia to the south and Thailand to the west. Its population was estimated to be 6.8 million in 2009
Laos traces its history to the Kingdom which existed from the 14th to the 18th century. In 1893, it became a French protectorate, with the three kingdoms, Kingdom of Luang Phrabang, Kingdom of Laos and Kingdom of Champasak, uniting to form what is now known as Laos. It briefly gained independence in 1945 after Japanese occupation, but returned to French rule until it was granted autonomy in 1949. Laos became independent in 1954, with a constitutional monarchy under Sisavang Vong. Shortly after independence, a long civil war ended the monarchy, when the Communist Pathet Lao movement came to power in 1975.[See more about Laos at Dictionary 3.0 Encyclopedia]