noun, often capitalized
tan·​tra | \ ˈtən-trə How to pronounce tantra (audio) , ˈtän-, ˈtan-\

Definition of tantra

: one of the later Hindu or Buddhist scriptures dealing especially with techniques and rituals including meditative and sexual practices also : the rituals or practices outlined in the tantra

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Other Words from tantra

tantric \ ˈtən-​trik How to pronounce tantric (audio) , ˈtän-​ , ˈtan-​ \ adjective, often capitalized
Tantrism \ ˈtən-​ˌtri-​zəm How to pronounce Tantrism (audio) , ˈtän-​ , ˈtan-​ \ noun
Tantrist \ ˈtən-​trist How to pronounce Tantrist (audio) , ˈtän-​ , ˈtan-​ \ noun

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Dawn Cartwright, a SkyDancing Tantra instructor in Los Angeles, advises that beginners to tantra follow the below tips and tricks to fully commit to the tantra experience. Dana Hudepohl, Marie Claire, "How to Pull Off Tantric Sex," 17 May 2017 Gomez and Lovato — who began starring on the show in 2002 — likely did not cross paths with David Joyner, who played the lovable character between 1991 to 2001 and currently works as a tantra massage specialist and spiritual healer. Maria Pasquini, PEOPLE.com, "Selena Gomez Says Barney the Dinosaur — 'Sweating' & with 'His Muscles' — Was Hot Out of Costume," 15 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of tantra

1799, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for tantra

Sanskrit, literally, warp, from tanoti he stretches, weaves; akin to Greek teinein to stretch — more at thin

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