Meaning of “Buddha” in the English Dictionary

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"Buddha" in British English

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uk /ˈbʊd.ə/ us /ˈbʊd.ə/

the holy man (563–483 BC) on whose life and teachings Buddhism is based

[ C ] an image or statue (= large model) of Buddha


  • The children told me they're learning about Buddhism in R.E. this term.
  • Buddhism does not have one special sacred book, unlike several other major religions.
  • The practice of meditation is a very important part of Buddhism.
  • He gradually became disillusioned with his faith and later converted to Buddhism.
  • This teaching pack gives basic history and information about Buddhism.
  • Ask the librarian if they have any information on Buddhist festivals.
  • He decided to join a Buddhist meditation group in town.
  • The monastery was occupied by Buddhist monks until last century.
  • The Four Noble Truths are essential to Buddhist teaching.
  • The country of Thailand is predominantly Buddhist.

(Definition of “Buddha” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"Buddha" in American English

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Buddhanoun [ U ]

us /ˈbu·də, ˈbʊd·ə/

a religious leader who lived in India about 2500 years ago, and whose teachings led to the development of Buddhism

(Definition of “Buddha” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)