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 But a mantra readily comes to mind that always pushes me to do the right thing—the hard thing—sooner rather than later. G.t. "toby" Stansell, Forbes, 21 Feb. 2024 In addition, the three followed through on a few mantras Chiefs defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo has preached all season. Jesse Newell, Kansas City Star, 19 Feb. 2024 That has been a popular mantra for Hoosiers wanting to be better stewards of the environment, but the primary focus for most people has been on recycling. Karl Schneider, The Indianapolis Star, 19 Feb. 2024 And then there’s this thing that’s become sort of like a mantra: the proposal that images are belief systems. Los Angeles Times Staff, Los Angeles Times, 16 Feb. 2024 That was very much a kind of a guiding mantra for both my living through the years of the book and then my writing about them, thinking about kind of revising one’s sense of self as a fundamentally creative practice. Emma Specter, Vogue, 16 Feb. 2024 Defensive end Kyle Van Noy, the two-time Super Bowl winner with the New England Patriots who signed with the Ravens after the regular season started, became immediately accustomed to Jackson’s mantra. Chris Bumbaca, USA TODAY, 24 Jan. 2024 Unfortunately, the second part of that mantra may be missed by many. Erik Matuszewski, Forbes, 13 Feb. 2024 But while the Beatles were producing hit after hit in Britain throughout 1963, Capitol’s executives declined to release their songs in the United States, reciting over and over the mantra that American audiences had no interest in an obscure British rock-and-roll band. Glenn Frankel, Washington Post, 4 Feb. 2024 See More

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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 29 Feb. 2024.

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