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1 founder of Buddhism; worshipped as a god (c 563-483 BC) [syn: the Buddha, Siddhartha, Gautama, Gautama Siddhartha, Gautama Buddha]
2 one who has achieved a state of perfect enlightenment

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Buddha (plural: Buddhas)
  1. Shakyamuni Buddha, Nepalese spiritual and philosophical teacher and founder of Buddhism; Siddartha 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.




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


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

Extensive Definition

Buddha means "Awakened one" or "Enlightened one"; it may refer to:


  • Gautama Buddha, founder of Buddhism, clan name Gautama (Sanskrit; Pali: Gotama), personal name Siddhartha (Sanskrit; Pali: Siddhattha), epithet Śākyamuni (Sanskrit; Pali: Sakyamuni)
  • Buddhahood, which applies to any enlightened individual
  • Buddharupa, a statue or other representation of a Buddha

Modern culture

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See also

Buddha in Catalan: Buda
Buddha in Estonian: Buddha
Buddha in French: Bouddha (homonymie)
Buddha in Dutch: Boeddha
Buddha in Japanese: ブッダ (曖昧さ回避)
Buddha in Swedish: Buddha (olika betydelser)

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