Pronunciation Noun


  1. A human being who has become enlightened and therefore a divine being.
  2. A statue or image of the Buddha.
    • 1967, R. D. Laing, The Politics of Experience and the Bird of Paradise
      What the [expletive] are you doing with a buddha as a lampstand?
  3. (informal, uncountable) marijuana
Related terms Translations
  • German: Buddha
  • Portuguese: buda
  • Russian: бу́дда
  • Spanish: Buda

  • (RP) enPR: bo͝odə, IPA: /ˈbʊdə/
  • (GA) enPR: bo͞odə, IPA: /ˈbudə/
  • IPA: /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
Proper noun
  1. Buddha Shakyamuni, Indian spiritual and philosophical teacher and founder of Buddhism; Siddhartha Gautama.
Translations Noun

buddha (plural buddhas)

  1. Any of the other Buddhas named in Buddhist scriptures.
  2. An enlightened or awakened sentient being.
    Buddhas and Gods look only at our hearts.
  3. A statue or image of any Buddha.
    I love the Buddha in your living room – where did you get it?

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