From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Gautama \Gau"ta*ma\ (gou"t[.a]*m[.a]), prop. n.
   The family name of Buddha, the founder of Buddhism; born
   ca. 563 b.c., died ca. 483 b.c. In He is worshipped by
   Buddhists as a god. See Buddha. [Also spelled Gotama.]

   Syn: Buddha, the Buddha, Siddhartha, Gotama, Gautama Buddha.
        [WordNet 1.5]
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