noun man·tra \ˈmän-trə also ˈman- or ˈmən-\

: a sound, word, or phrase that is repeated by someone who is praying or meditating

: a word or phrase that is repeated often or that expresses someone's basic beliefs

Full Definition of MANTRA

:  a mystical formula of invocation or incantation (as in Hinduism); also :  watchword 2
man·tric \-trik\ adjective

Examples of MANTRA

  1. a businessman whose mantra is bigger is better

Origin of MANTRA

Sanskrit, sacred counsel, formula, from manyate he thinks; akin to Latin mens mind — more at mind
First Known Use: 1795

Other Religion (Eastern and Other) Terms

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

Rhymes with MANTRA


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