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Buddha

[ boo-duh, bood-uh ]
/ ˈbu də, ˈbʊd ə /
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noun

Prince Siddhāttha or Siddhartha, 566?–c480 b.c., Indian religious leader: founder of Buddhism. Also called But·su [boot-soo, boot-; Japanese boo-tsoo], /ˈbʊt su, ˈbut-; Japanese ˈbu tsʊ/, Gau·ta·ma [gaw-tuh-muh, gou-], /ˈgɔ tə mə, ˈgaʊ-/, Gautama Buddha, Gou·ta·ma [gaw-tuh-muh, goh-], /ˈgɔ tə mə, ˈgoʊ-/, Gou·ta·ma Buddha .
any of a series of teachers in Buddhism, of whom Gautama was the last, who bring enlightenment and wisdom.
(sometimes lowercase)Buddhism. a person who has attained full prajna, or enlightenment; Arhat.

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Origin of Buddha

First recorded in 1675–85; from Sanskrit: “awakened” (budh- “awaken, notice, understand” + -ta past participle suffix)
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British Dictionary definitions for Buddha (1 of 2)

buddha
/ (ˈbʊdə) /

noun

Buddhism (often capital) a person who has achieved a state of perfect enlightenment
an image or picture of the Buddha

Word Origin for buddha

C17: from Sanskrit: awakened, enlightened, from budh to awake, know

British Dictionary definitions for Buddha (2 of 2)

Buddha
/ (ˈbʊdə) /

noun

the Buddha ?563–483 bc, a title applied to Gautama Siddhartha, a nobleman and religious teacher of N India, regarded by his followers as the most recent rediscoverer of the path to enlightenment: the founder of Buddhism
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