Definitions for mahayanaˌmɑ həˈyɑ nə
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
Ma•ha•ya•naˌmɑ həˈyɑ nə(n.)
one of the two major schools of Buddhism, characterized by a belief in a common search for salvation.
Category: Eastern Religions
Ref: Compare Hinayana.
Origin of Mahayana:
1865–70; < Skt =mahā- great +yāna vehicle
a major school of Buddhism teaching social concern and universal salvation; China; Japan; Tibet; Nepal; Korea; Mongolia
Mahayana, Mahayana Buddhism(noun)
one of two great schools of Buddhist doctrine emphasizing a common search for universal salvation especially through faith alone; the dominant religion of China and Tibet and Japan
A school of Buddhism widely practised in China, Japan, Korea and Mongolia. It literally means "Great Vehicle" and teaches universal salvation with emphasis on social concerns.
Origin: From महायान.