Definition of bodhisattva noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

 

bodhisattva

 noun
(also Bodhisattva)noun
NAmE//ˌboʊdɪˈsʌtvə//
 
, NAmE//ˌboʊdɪˈsɑtvə//
 
 
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(in Mahayana Buddhism) a person who is able to reach nirvana (= a state of peace and happiness) but who delays doing this because of the suffering of other humans
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