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[gaw-tuh-muh, gou-]
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  1. Buddha(def 1).
Also Gotama.
Also called Gautama Buddha.
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Examples from the Web for gautama

Historical Examples

  • I have a little heathen god—Gautama; alabaster—and a mummied cat.

    The Bacillus of Beauty

    Harriet Stark

  • For the Buddhist, doubtless, Gautama is permitted to do the same.

    The Golden Fountain

    Lilian Staveley

  • The wife of the sage Gautama, she was seduced by Indra the king of the Gods.

  • Indra caused her to believe that he was Gautama, and thus enjoyed her.

  • We must further consider the character of Gautama's philosophy.

British Dictionary definitions for gautama


  1. the Sanskrit form of the family name of Siddhartha, the historical Buddha
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Word Origin and History for gautama


surname of the Buddha, from Sanskrit Gotamah, properly a patronymic, literally "descendant of the greatest ox," from superlative of gauh "ox, bull, cow."

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