achar·​ya | \ ä-ˈchär-yə \
plural -s

Definition of acharya

1 : a Hindu religious teacher : one versed in the sacred writings of the Hindus
2 : any illustrious or learned person in India

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First Known Use of acharya

1792, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for acharya

Sanskrit ācārya, literally, one who knows the rules, from ācāra custom, rule of conduct, from ācarati he approaches, proceeds, acts, from ā towards + carati he moves, goes; akin to Greek o- (in okellein to run aground), Avestan & Old Persian ā toward, Old English ō- back, behind, Old High German ā-, Old Slavic ja- (in jaskudĭ ugly)

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“Acharya.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Dec. 2021.

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