Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary

Theravada

play
noun Ther·a·va·da \ˌther-ə-ˈvä-də\

Definition of Theravada

  1. :  a conservative branch of Buddhism comprising sects chiefly in Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, and Cambodia and adhering to the original Pali scriptures alone and to the nontheistic ideal of nirvana for a limited select number — compare mahayana



Origin and Etymology of theravada

Pali theravāda, literally, doctrine of the elders


First Known Use: 1882


Learn More about theravada


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up Theravada? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).