noun (1)
dar·​shan | \ ˈdärshən\
plural darshanim\ därˈshänə̇m , -​shȯn-​ \

Definition of darshan

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a preacher who expounds Jewish law or scriptures


noun (2)
dar·​shan | \ ˈdärshən, ˈdər-\
plural -s

Definition of darshan (Entry 2 of 2)

: a blessing held by various Hindus to consist in the viewing of an eminent person (as religious leader)

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History and Etymology for darshan

Noun (1)

Hebrew darshān interpreter, from darāsh to inquire, expound

Noun (2)

Hindi darśan, from Sanskrit darśsana act of seeing, view, from dṛś to see; akin to Greek derkesthai to look

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