Definition of bodhisattva
: a being that compassionately refrains from entering nirvana in order to save others and is worshipped as a deity in Mahayana Buddhism
Variants of bodhisattva
Origin of bodhisattva
Sanskrit bodhisattva one whose essence is enlightenment, from bodhi enlightenment + sattva being — more at bid
First Known Use: 1828
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