From Pali buddha (“awakened, enlightened”), from Sanskrit बुद्ध (buddha, “awakened, enlightened”) past participle of बोधति (bodhati, “wake”), ultimately from Proto-Indo-European root *bʰewdʰ- (“to be awake, aware”), whence also English bid and bede.
- buddha (senses 2 and 3 only)
- (UK) enPR: bo͝odə, IPA(key): /bʊdə/
- (US) enPR: bo͞odə, IPA(key): /buːdə/
- IPA(key): /bʊdːʰə/ (only in technical contexts) – approximation of Hindustani [ˈbʊdːʱə], which features a geminate ‘d’ and breathy voice on the second ‘d’, neither of which is idiomatic to English
- Rhymes: -ʊdə, -uːdə
- Shakyamuni Buddha, Nepalese spiritual and philosophical teacher and founder of Buddhism; Siddhartha Gautama.
Buddha (plural Buddhas)
- Any of the other Buddhas named in Buddhist scriptures.
- An enlightened or awakened sentient being.
- A statue or image of any Buddha.
- I love the Buddha in your living room – where did you get it?
- (Buddhism) Buddha, the enlightened one.