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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Buddhism One who has attained enlightenment.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. one who has attained enlightenment; a Buddhist saint
  • n. one of the stages of the ascetic's spiritual evolution, when all passions (anger, ego, deception, greed, attachment, hatred and ignorance) are destroyed; arhanta

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. a Buddhist who has attained nirvana.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The highest rank of Buddhist saintship; specifically, one of the original five hundred disciples of Gautama Buddha. Also Arahat, Rahat, and Arhan, Rahan.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a Buddhist who has attained nirvana

Etymologies

Sanskrit, from present participle of arhati, he deserves.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Sanskrit अर्हत् (árhat, "enlightened one, holy one"), originally "worthy of worship". (Wiktionary)

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