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Buddha

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English

1st century CE sculpture of a Buddha

Alternative spellings

  • buddha (senses 2 and 3 only)

Pronunciation

Noun

Buddha (plural: Buddhas)

  1. Shakyamuni Buddha, Indian spiritual and philosophical teacher and founder of Buddhism; Siddhartha Gautama.
  2. Any of the other Buddhas named in Buddhist scriptures.
  3. An enlightened or awakened sentient being.
  4. A statue or image of any Buddha.

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Etymology

Sanskrit root budh from Proto-Indo-European *bheudho. Cognate with Russian будить (“to awaken”), Gothic biudan, English bid, German bieten (“to bid”), Bote (“apostle”).

Verb

Buddha

  1. Awakened, p.p. of the verb bujjhati, meaning “awakened”, “knowing”, “understanding”.

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