noun Ma·ha·ya·na \ˌmä-hə-ˈyä-nə\

Definition of MAHAYANA

:  a liberal and theistic branch of Buddhism comprising sects chiefly in China and Japan, recognizing a large body of scripture in addition to the Pali canon, and teaching social concern and universal salvation — compare theravada
Ma·ha·ya·nist \-ˈyä-nist\ noun or adjective
Ma·ha·ya·nis·tic \-yä-ˈnis-tik\ adjective

Origin of MAHAYANA

Sanskrit mahāyāna, literally, great vehicle
First Known Use: 1855


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