WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
nir•va•na /nɪrˈvɑnə, -ˈvænə, nɚ-/USA pronunciation   n. [uncountable]
  1. Eastern Religions[often: Nirvana] (in Buddhism ) the final release from the cycle of being reborn again, that comes as a result of the ending of individual passion and hatred;
  2. a place or state in which there is freedom from pain and worry.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2015
nir•va•na  (nir vänə, -vanə, nər-), 
  1. (often cap.) Pali,nibbana. [Buddhism.]freedom from the endless cycle of personal reincarnations, with their consequent suffering, as a result of the extinction of individual passion, hatred, and delusion: attained by the Arhat as his goal but postponed by the Bodhisattva.
  2. (often cap.)[Hinduism.]salvation through the union of Atman with Brahma;
  3. a place or state characterized by freedom from or oblivion to pain, worry, and the external world.
  • Sanskrit nirvāṇa
  • 1830–40
nir•vanic, adj. 

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nirvana /nɪəˈvɑːnə nɜː-/ n
  1. final release from the cycle of reincarnation attained by extinction of all desires and individual existence, culminating (in Buddhism) in absolute blessedness, or (in Hinduism) in absorption into Brahman
Etymology: 19th Century: from Sanskrit: extinction, literally: a blowing out, from nir- out + vāti it blows

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