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guru Line breaks: guru
Pronunciation: /ˈɡʊruː/

Definition of guru in English:


1A Hindu spiritual teacher.
Example sentences
  • 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, counsellor, mentor, guiding light, spiritual leader, leader, master;
Indian  acharya, pandit;
Hinduism  swami, Maharishi;
Buddhism  Roshi;
Judaism  rabbi, rav, rebbe
1.1Each of the ten first leaders of the Sikh religion.
Example sentences
  • 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.
2An influential teacher or popular expert: a management guru
More example sentences
  • 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
informal buff, whizz, boffin


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

  • This is from Hindi and Punjabi, from Sanskrit guru ‘weighty, grave, dignified’ (comparable with Latin gravis ‘heavy’ source of gravity (Late Middle English)): this led to ‘elder, teacher’.

Words that rhyme with guru

froufrou • woodscrew
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