country in the NW part of the Indochinese peninsula: formerly a French protectorate, it became an independent kingdom (1949) & a republic (1975): 91,429 sq mi (236,800 sq km); cap. Vientiane
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.x
- (politics) ΛΑΟΣ, the Popular Orthodox Rally, a Greek political party (Λαϊκός Ορθόδοξος Συναγερμός).