[boo-duh, bood-uh]
Also called Butsu, Gautama, Gautama Buddha. (Prince Siddhāttha or Siddhartha) 566?–c480 b.c, Indian religious leader: founder of Buddhism.
any of a series of teachers in Buddhism, of whom Gautama was the last, who bring enlightenment and wisdom.
(sometimes lowercase) Buddhism. a person who has attained full prajna, or enlightenment; Arhat.

1675–85; < Sanskrit: awakened (budh- awaken, notice, understand + -ta past participle suffix)

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buddha (ˈbʊdə)
1.  (often capital) Buddhism a person who has achieved a state of perfect enlightenment
2.  an image or picture of the Buddha
[C17: from Sanskrit: awakened, enlightened, from budh to awake, know]

Buddha (ˈbʊdə)
the Buddha ?563--483 bc, a title applied to Gautama Siddhartha, a nobleman and religious teacher of N India, regarded by his followers as the most recent rediscoverer of the path to enlightenment: the founder of Buddhism

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1680s, from Pali, lit. "awakened, enlightened," pp. of budh "to awake, know, perceive," related to Skt. bodhati "is awake, observes, understands" (see bid). Title given by his adherents to the man who taught this path, Siddhartha Gautama, also known to them as Sakyamuni "Sage
of the Sakyas" (his family clan), who lived in northern India 5c. B.C.E.
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