Help support Wordnik by adopting your favorite word!

Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. A male given name used by followers of various faiths of India; notably, the personal name of Buddha.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who has accomplished his object: an epithet of Buddha and others.

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

  • n. founder of Buddhism; worshipped as a god (c 563-483 BC)

Etymologies

Sanskrit सिद्धार्थ (siddhā-rtha, "one who has accomplished an aim or object, successful, prosperous"), from सिद्ध (siddha, "achievement") + अर्थ (arth, "meaning, purpose"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • I explain to them the story of Buddha, who was called Siddhartha before his enlightenment, and how, after a cloistered life of luxury, he stepped outside his palace one day and saw an old man, a sick man, a corpse, and a starving man who had rejected the material world.

    The Memory Palace

  • The name Siddhartha is said to have been given him as a child, Gautama being the family name.

    The Great Events by Famous Historians, Volume 01

  • In 1975 I was sitting in the balcony of the Elgin Theatre one electric Manhattan midnight watching through the haze of an opiate ambiance the film Siddhartha, which is based on a Hermann Hesse novel that inundated my generation with yearning.

    Jack Schimmelman: Sankai Juku (studio by the mountain and the sea)

  • Meanwhile, we MacPhersons lay on a quilt in the dirt reading "Siddhartha," "Harry Potter," "Lord of the Flies," and "The Constant Gardner," respectively by me, Fraser, Molly, and Charlie.

    Week 30: The Truth About Camels

  • I'm reading "Siddhartha" by Herman Hesse for the first time.

    All we need is Blog?

  • Jina, Buddha and Sramana were their interchangeable titles, and many proper names such as Siddhartha, Gautama and Kasyapa were common in their hierarchies.

    - Latest Popular Stories, Instablogs Community

  • Rand Paul: Skip "Siddhartha," "Of Human Bondage," and "The Alice B. Toklas Cook Book," which includes a classic recipe for hashish fudge.

    The New Yorker

  • In Cleveland, Jackson told reporters that when Shaquille O'Neal played for the Lakers and got ejected from a game in Chicago, O'Neal then went out to the team bus to prepare a book report on "Siddhartha," the book Jackson had given him on that trip.

    JSOnline.com

  • Adapting "Siddhartha" to the stage, Eric Hill recast Hermann Hesse's tale of youthful seeking through its author's own struggle for enlightenment.

    The Daily News Transcript Homepage RSS

  • "'Siddhartha' is a perfect play for the university because it crosses so many boundaries," said Hill.

    The Daily News Transcript Homepage RSS

Comments

Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.

  • Siddhartha: Novel by Hermann Hesse; 1972 film based on the novel directed by Conrad Rooks.

    August 14, 2011