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


Also called Butsu, Gautama, Gautama Buddha. Prince Siddhāttha or Siddhartha, 566?–c480 b.c., Indian religious leader: founder of Buddhism.
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.

Origin of Buddha

1675–85; < Sanskrit: awakened (budh- awaken, notice, understand + -ta past participle suffix)
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British Dictionary definitions for buddha (1 of 2)

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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)

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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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