Krish·​na ˈkrish-nə How to pronounce Krishna (audio) ˈkrēsh- How to pronounce Krishna (audio)
: a deity or deified hero of later Hinduism worshipped as an incarnation of Vishnu

Word History


Sanskrit Kṛṣṇa

First Known Use

1864, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Krishna was in 1864

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“Krishna.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Apr. 2024.

Geographical Definition


geographical name

Krish·​na ˈkrish-nə How to pronounce Krishna (audio)
variants or formerly Kistna
river 800 miles (1287 kilometers) long in southern India flowing from the Western Ghats east into the Bay of Bengal

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