A Hinayana practitioner that strives toward liberation as an arhat based on listening to the teachings of the Buddha. Literally, "listeners" to Buddha's teachings - practitioners of the Hinayana vehicle who, motivated by renunciation, strive to attain liberation from uncontrollably recurring rebirth (samsara) and to become an arhat (liberated being). They practice, based on having listened to (heard) Buddha's teachings.
J. Hopkins: Hearer
Synonyms: Hearer; Listener