nir·​va·​na nir-ˈvä-nə How to pronounce nirvana (audio)
often capitalized
: the final beatitude (see beatitude sense 1a) that transcends suffering, karma, and samsara and is sought especially in Buddhism through the extinction of desire and individual consciousness
: a place or state of oblivion to care, pain, or external reality
alcohol-induced nirvana
also : bliss, heaven
The resort is a skier's and snowboarder's nirvana.
: a goal hoped for but apparently unattainable : dream
… that nirvana of the … weatherman: A foolproof system of forecasting. Newsweek
nir-ˈvä-nik How to pronounce nirvana (audio)

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Example Sentences

the spa experience was a week of pure nirvana the popular fantasy that life as a beachcomber in the South Pacific would be never-ending nirvana
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Word History


Sanskrit nirvāṇa, literally, act of extinguishing, from nis- out + vāti it blows — more at wind entry 1

First Known Use

1829, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of nirvana was in 1829

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“Nirvana.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Sep. 2022.

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