ar·​hat ˈär-(ˌ)hət How to pronounce arhat (audio)
: a Buddhist who has reached the stage of enlightenment
arhatship noun

Word History


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

First Known Use

1809, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of arhat was in 1809

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“Arhat.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Dec. 2023.

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