[ bon; French bawn ]
/ bɒn; French bɔ̃ /
Cape, a cape on the NE coast of Tunisia: surrender of the German African forces, May 12, 1943.
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Also called Ras Addar.
Definition for Bon (2 of 3)
[ bawn ]
/ bɔn /
an annual festival of the Japanese Buddhists, welcoming ancestral spirits to household altars.
Also called Feast of Lanterns .
Origin of Bon2
<Japanese, originally Urabon<Chinese version of Sanskrit ullambana literally, hanging upside down (a metaphor for the suffering brought on by physical desires)
Definition for Bon (3 of 3)
[ bohn ]
/ boʊn /
a shamanistic Tibetan sect, absorbed by the first Buddhist sects of the 7th century and later.
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British Dictionary definitions for Bon (1 of 2)
/ (bɔːn) /
Also called: Feast of Lanterns, Festival of Lanterns an annual festival celebrated by Japanese Buddhists
- the pre-Buddhist priests of Tibet or one such priest
- their religion
Word Origin for Bon
from Japanese bon, originally Urabon, from Sanskrit ullambana hanging upside down
British Dictionary definitions for Bon (2 of 2)
/ (bɒn) /
Cape Bon a peninsula of NE Tunisia
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