from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Offensive Theravada Buddhism.
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- proper n. Theravada Buddhism.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. a major school of Buddhism teaching personal salvation through one's own efforts.
- n. one of two great schools of Buddhist doctrine emphasizing personal salvation through one's own efforts; chiefly in Sri Lanka (Ceylon); Myanmar (Burma); Thailand; Cambodia.
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- n. an offensive name for the early conservative Theravada Buddhism; it died out in India but survived in Sri Lanka and was taken from there to other regions of southwestern Asia
- n. a major school of Buddhism teaching personal salvation through one's own efforts
Sanskrit Hīnayānam, lesser vehicle (as contrasted with Mahāyānam, greater vehicle; see Mahayana) : hīna-, inferior; see ghē- in Indo-European roots + yānam, vehicle, way; see ei- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Sanskrit हीनयान ("lesser vehicle"). (Wiktionary)