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guru

noun gu·ru \ˈgr-(ˌ)ü, ˈgü-(ˌ)rü also gə-ˈrü\

: a religious teacher and spiritual guide in Hinduism

: a teacher or guide that you trust

: a person who has a lot of experience in or knowledge about a particular subject

plural gurus

Full Definition of GURU

1
:  a personal religious teacher and spiritual guide in Hinduism
2
a :  a teacher and especially intellectual guide in matters of fundamental concern
b :  one who is an acknowledged leader or chief proponent
c :  a person with knowledge or expertise :  expert

Examples of GURU

  1. He has been a guru to many young writers.
  2. She's a self-proclaimed financial guru.
  3. Fitness gurus call it the hottest new exercise trend of the year.

Origin of GURU

ultimately from Sanskrit guru, from guru, adjective, heavy, venerable — more at grieve
First Known Use: 1613

Other Religion (Eastern and Other) Terms

Zen, antinomian, avatar, gnosticism, illuminati, ineffable, karma, koan, mantra

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