- a Buddhist who has attained Nirvana through rigorous discipline and ascetic practices.Compare Bodhisattva.
Also Ar·hant [ahr-huh nt] /ˈɑr hənt/.
Origin of Arhat
1865–70; < Sanskrit: meriting respect, derivative of arhati (he) merits
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- a Buddhist, esp a monk who has achieved enlightenment and at death passes to nirvanaCompare Bodhisattva
from Sanskrit: worthy of respect, from arhati he deserves