a title given to the founder of Buddhism, Siddartha Gautama (circa 563-circa 483 bc). Born a prince in what is now Nepal, he renounced wealth and family to become an ascetic, and after achieving enlightenment while meditating, taught all who came to learn from him.
(as noun a Buddha) Buddhism a person who has attained full enlightenment.
a statue or picture of the Buddha.
Sanskrit, literally 'enlightened', past participle of budh 'know'