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

 

Theravada

 noun
noun
BrE BrE//ˌθerəˈvɑːdə//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌθerəˈvɑːdə//
 
(also Theravada Buddhism)[uncountable] Types of belief
 
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one of the two major forms of Buddhism compare Mahayana See related entries: Types of belief Word Originfrom Pali (an ancient Indian language) theravāda, literally ‘doctrine of the elders’, from thera ‘elder, old’ + vāda ‘speech, doctrine’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: Theravada