- Hinduism. a preceptor giving personal religious instruction.
- an intellectual or spiritual guide or leader.
- any person who counsels or advises; mentor: The elder senator was her political guru.
- a leader in a particular field: the city's cultural gurus.
Origin of guru
- Guru, 1469–1539, Indian religious leader: founder of Sikhism.
Examples from the Web for guru
The guru Rampal is in custody after a deadly battle at his ruined ashram.
And while guru literally means “teacher,” in Hindu and Buddhist contexts, it often means much more.
The guru guiding her mission to becoming a fully realized human: a buttoned up marketing expert named Henry—seriously, get it?‘Selfie’ Is Both a Brilliant and Terrible TV Show
September 30, 2014
Having a guru in a body does not necessarily help a disciple advance spiritually.
He was the instrument God had chosen to introduce me to my spiritual path and guru.
The door was open, and they were sentry, for their Guru was resting, they said.Things as They Are
In the summit of our strength, the voice begins to speak—the Guru's voice.Child and Country
Will Levington Comfort
I am told that she said she gave me an answer as directed by her Guru.The Arena
Once, too, the guru said as much to me; but then I did not understand.The Bridge-Builders
He it is who defines the Guru's work, He it is who inspires the Guru's teaching.Avatras
- a Hindu or Sikh religious teacher or leader, giving personal spiritual guidance to his disciples
- often derogatory a leader or chief theoretician of a movement, esp a spiritual or religious cult
- often facetious a leading authority in a particular fielda cricketing guru
- See Guru Nanak
Word Origin and History for guru
1800, gooroo, from Hindi guru "teacher, priest," from Sanskrit guru-s "one to be honored, teacher," literally "heavy, weighty," from PIE root *gru- (see grave (adj.)). Generalized sense of "mentor" is from 1940; sense of "expert in something" first recorded c.1966 in Canadian English in reference to Marshall McLuhan.
In Hinduism, a teacher or spiritual leader.