gu·​ru | \ ˈgu̇r-(ˌ)ü How to pronounce guru (audio) , ˈgü-(ˌ)rü also gə-ˈrü \
plural gurus

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

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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.

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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.
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Recent Examples on the Web The story of a man who travels cross-country, quite by chance, with his sister’s boyfriend, who happens to be a guru. Globe Staff,, "The Fast Forward 2020 Winter Bookies reading list," 4 Jan. 2021 In antitrust politics, Amy Klobuchar, Elizabeth Warren, and Bernie Sanders share their anger with Andrew Yang and Scott Galloway—a beloved tech business guru who rooted for Bloomberg. Zephyr Teachout, The New Republic, "A Blueprint for a Trust-Busting Biden Presidency," 18 Dec. 2020 Hoping to gain some clarity, Tayshia takes Blake to a crystal guru to have their crystals and chakras read. Ben Flanagan |, al, "‘The Bachelorette The Men Tell All’ | How to watch, live stream, TV channel, time," 14 Dec. 2020 Thames is a hitting guru, and with pitchers Casey Mize, Tarik Skubal, Matt Manning and Alex Faedo as the cornerstone pieces of the Tigers' rebuild, a seven-year hitting coach might not suffice for the role Avila is seeking to fill. Evan Petzold, Detroit Free Press, "Hitting coach Marcus Thames shines for Yankees. Can he save Detroit Tigers as manager?," 12 Oct. 2020 The Twitter feed of Fortune's in-house political guru offers a smart curation of breaking political news from around the country. Jeff John Roberts, Fortune, "14 Twitter and Instagram accounts you should follow for election news," 4 Nov. 2020 Among a growing list of priorities are two that are sure to grab any defensive guru’s attention. Edward Lee,, "Maryland seeking sacks and turnovers after not getting any in season-opening loss: ‘Everything is fixable’," 29 Oct. 2020 Defensive guru Gary Patterson has consistently produced one of the Big 12′s better units. Destine Gibson, Dallas News, "5 things Baylor fans need to know about TCU, including the Frogs’ offensive line struggles," 28 Oct. 2020 Sosa was tasked with writing and producing — in collaboration with fellow advertising guru Cesar Martinez — a series of television and digital ads tailored to Latino voters in Arizona, Florida and Texas. Gilbert Garcia,, "Garcia: S.A. advertising legend lends his talents to the Lincoln Project," 17 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of guru

1613, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for guru

ultimately from Sanskrit guru, from guru, adjective, heavy, venerable — more at grieve

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18 Jan 2021

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“Guru.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of guru

: 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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