acharya

noun achar·ya \ä-ˈchär-yə\

Definition of acharya

plural

-s

  1. 1 :  a Hindu religious teacher :  one versed in the sacred writings of the Hindus

  2. 2 :  any illustrious or learned person in India

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Origin and Etymology of 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) — more at wheel


First Known Use: 1792


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