man·​tra ˈmän-trə How to pronounce mantra (audio)
 also  ˈman-,
 or  ˈmən-
: a mystical formula of invocation (see invocation sense 2) or incantation (as in Hinduism)
also : watchword sense 2
"diversity" has become our multicultural mantra Manning Marable
ˈmän-trik How to pronounce mantra (audio)
 also  ˈman-
 or  ˈmən-

Examples of mantra in a Sentence

a businessman whose mantra is “bigger is better”
Recent Examples on the Web Some days that’s sitting down, taking breaths, having my mantras, sitting in silence. Dan Rys, Billboard, 8 May 2024 In fact, her mantra around confidence is all about feeling beautiful from the inside out. Michelle Lee, Peoplemag, 18 Apr. 2024 See all Example Sentences for mantra 

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Word History


Sanskrit, sacred counsel, formula, from manyate he thinks; akin to Latin mens mind — more at mind

First Known Use

1795, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of mantra was in 1795

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“Mantra.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 May. 2024.

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