noun bo·dhi·satt·va \ˌbō-di-ˈsət-və, -ˈsät-\
variants: or


\ˌbō-di-ˈsət-və, -ˈsät-\

Definition of bodhisattva

  1. :  a being that compassionately refrains from entering nirvana in order to save others and is worshipped as a deity in Mahayana Buddhism

Origin and Etymology of bodhisattva

Sanskrit bodhisattva one whose essence is enlightenment, from bodhi enlightenment + sattva being — more at bid

First Known Use: 1809

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