arhat

noun
ar·​hat | \ ˈär-(ˌ)hət How to pronounce arhat (audio) \

Definition of arhat

: a Buddhist who has reached the stage of enlightenment

Other Words from arhat

arhatship \ -​ˌship How to pronounce arhatship (audio) \ noun

First Known Use of arhat

1809, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for arhat

Sanskrit, from present participle of arhati he deserves; akin to Greek alphein to gain

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