Definition of guru
1 : a personal religious teacher and spiritual guide in Hinduism
2a : a teacher and especially intellectual guide in matters of fundamental concern <has been a guru to many young writers>b : one who is an acknowledged leader or chief proponent <became the guru of the movement>c : a person with knowledge or expertise : expert <a computer guru>
Examples of guru in a sentence
He has been a guru to many young writers.
She's a self-proclaimed financial guru.
Fitness gurus call it the hottest new exercise trend of the year.
Did You Know?
In Hinduism, a guru is a personal spiritual teacher. In ancient India, knowledge of the Vedas (a body of liturgical literature) was transmitted orally from guru to pupil. The rise of the bhakti movement, which emphasizes the love of devotees for a personal god, further increased the importance of gurus, who were often looked on as living embodiments of spiritual truth and were identified with the deity. Gurus prescribe spiritual disciplines to their devotees, who follow their dictates in a tradition of service and obedience. Men or women may be gurus, though generally only men have established lineages.
Origin and Etymology of guru
ultimately from Sanskrit guru, from guru, adjective, heavy, venerable — more at grieve
First Known Use: 1613
GURU Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of guru for English Language Learners
: a religious teacher and spiritual guide in Hinduism
: a teacher or guide that you trust
: a person who has a lot of experience in or knowledge about a particular subject
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