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[krish-nuh] /ˈkrɪʃ nə/
Hinduism. an avatar of Vishnu and one of the most popular of Indian deities, who appears in the Bhagavad-Gita as the teacher of Arjuna.
Informal. Hare Krishna.
Formerly Kistna. a river in S India, flowing E from the Western Ghats to the Bay of Bengal. 800 miles (1290 km) long.
a male given name.
Origin of Krishna
From the Sanskrit word kṛṣṇa Unabridged
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  • This is addressed to Yashoda, mother of Krishna, by his playmates.

    My Reminiscences Rabindranath Tagore
  • They want their Shyam (Krishna) to be with them there, in the midst of all these.

    My Reminiscences Rabindranath Tagore
  • The leader, a peacock-fan flashing in his head-dress, personated Krishna.

    Appearances Goldsworthy Lowes Dickinson
  • It was symbolical; Krishna was its centre, and the rest were wooing him.

    Appearances Goldsworthy Lowes Dickinson
  • What was represented that night was an episode in the story of Krishna.

    Appearances Goldsworthy Lowes Dickinson
  • Krishna returned with a laugh, his eyes looking into the dull eyes of the River.

    The Bridge-Builders Rudyard Kipling
  • The Mugger turned grunting into the undergrowth as Krishna rose.

    The Bridge-Builders Rudyard Kipling
  • Krishna here informs us that he is the author of the caste system.

British Dictionary definitions for Krishna


a river in S India, rising in the Western Ghats and flowing generally southeast to the Bay of Bengal. Length: 1300 km (800 miles) Also called Kistna


(Hinduism) the most celebrated of the Hindu deities, whose life story is told in the Mahabharata
Derived Forms
Krishnaism, noun
Word Origin
via Hindi from Sanskrit, literally: dark, black
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Word Origin and History for Krishna

eighth avatar of Vishnu, 1875, from Sanskrit krshnah, literally "the Black One," from PIE *kers-no-, suffixed form of root *kers- "dark, dirty" (cf. Old Church Slavonic crunu, Russian coron, Serbo-Croatian crn, Czech cerny, Old Prussian krisnas "black," Lithuanian kersas "black and white, variegated").

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