Bud·​dha ˈbü-də How to pronounce Buddha (audio) ˈbu̇- How to pronounce Buddha (audio)
: a person who has attained Buddhahood
: a representation of Siddhārtha Gautama

Examples of Buddha in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web On display – in two permanent galleries – are Indian religious sculpture, a Thai head of Buddha, Japanese tea bowls, Chinese earthenware pots from 500 B.C. and Japanese scrolls. Charlotte Observer, 31 Jan. 2024 Hallandale Beach 111 South Surf Rd., Hallandale Beach Tap 42 Enjoy Tap 42’s famous $20 bottomless brunch during Memorial Day Weekend, including bottomless mimosas, Bloody Marys,and Funky Buddha Floridian beer. Amanda Mesa, Miami Herald, 30 Jan. 2024 Chefs will also be serving Buddha’s Delight, a traditional meal that cleanses the soul and spirit. Emma Hall, Sacramento Bee, 29 Jan. 2024 My first was in my own community Feb. 9, 2023 To honor the victims, officials also held a candlelit vigil at Monterey Park City Hall, where surviving family members chanted the sutras — words of the Buddha — to bring peace and harmony and heaven. Summer Lin, Los Angeles Times, 22 Jan. 2024 Snowy forecast: Funky Buddha Brewery in Oakland Park on Friday will begin offering six-packs of Last Snow, a creamy porter laced with freshly roasted coffee and coconut, one of its most popular annual releases. Ben Crandell, Sun Sentinel, 11 Jan. 2024 Another centuries-old object—a two-foot-tall Buddha statue found in the ancient Egyptian port city of Berenike—is the first of its kind ever found west of Afghanistan. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian Magazine, 26 Dec. 2023 Life-sized statues of Buddha and Ganesh, the Indian god of new beginnings, ring the room. Anita Chabria, Los Angeles Times, 26 Dec. 2023 The Buddha found such a solution more than two thousand years ago, and distilled it in his Four Noble Truths, which are the basic tenets of the Buddhist tradition. The New Yorker, 25 Dec. 2023 See More

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Word History


Sanskrit, enlightened; akin to Sanskrit bodhi enlightenment — more at bid entry 1

First Known Use

1681, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of Buddha was in 1681

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“Buddha.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Buddha. Accessed 20 Feb. 2024.

Biographical Definition


biographical name

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