Definition of Theravada
: 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
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