Definition of guru in English:


Syllabification: gu·ru
Pronunciation: /ˈgo͝oro͞o, go͝oˈro͞o

noun (plural gurus)

  • 1(In Hinduism and Buddhism) a spiritual teacher, especially one who imparts initiation.
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    • Hindus who have a guru strive to receive spiritual initiation from him.
    • Similar new castes have been established as the need arose by gurus and priests throughout Hindu history.
    • Hinduism is a combination, a collection, of all the teachings and practices of thousands of rishis, gurus, philosophers, mystics and teachers throughout many centuries.
    spiritual teacher, teacher, tutor, sage, mentor, spiritual leader, leader, master; Hinduism swami, maharishi
  • 1.1Each of the ten first leaders of the Sikh religion.
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    • Sikh leaders, gurus and elites were written about, but not dissenting movements, religious mobilisations, and the diversity of cultures within Sikhism itself.
    • They celebrated the 338th birth anniversary of Guru Gobind Singh, the tenth guru of Sikhs, with a variety of functions on Sunday.
    • The Gurudwara has facilities for lodging and boarding for visitors and Sikh gurus who come from outside Bangalore, during cultural and religious meets.
  • 1.2An influential teacher or popular expert: a management guru
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    • To some, he is a management guru and business consultant, while a few see him as an entrepreneur.
    • Forget voice-coaches, image consultants, PR experts and makeover gurus; it's Lydia who can make you a star.
    • Bookshelves creak under the weight of books written by business gurus on how to manage a company, how to increase personal potential and to achieve success


from Hindi and Punjabi, from Sanskrit guru 'weighty, grave' (compare with Latin gravis), hence 'elder, teacher'.

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