Definition of Mahayana noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˌmɑːhəˈjɑːnə//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌmɑːhəˈjɑːnə//
(also Mahayana Buddhism)[uncountable] Types of belief
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one of the two major forms of Buddhism compare Theravada See related entries: Types of belief Word Originfrom Sanskrit, from mahā ‘great’ + yāna ‘vehicle’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: Mahayana