[ ahr-huh t ]
/ ˈɑr hət /


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

Related forms

Ar·hat·ship, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for arhat


/ (ˈɑːhət) /


a Buddhist, esp a monk who has achieved enlightenment and at death passes to nirvanaCompare Bodhisattva

Word Origin for arhat

from Sanskrit: worthy of respect, from arhati he deserves
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