Hare Krishna

[ hahr-ee krish-nuh, har-ee ]
/ ˈhɑr i ˈkrɪʃ nə, ˈhær i /


a religious sect based on Vedic scriptures, whose followers engage in joyful congregational chanting of Krishna's name: founded in the U.S. in 1966.

Origin of Hare Krishna

from chanted phrase Hare Krishna! < Hindi harē kṛṣṇā O Krishna!
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British Dictionary definitions for hare krishna

Hare Krishna
/ (ˈhɑːrɪ ˈkrɪʃnə) /


a Hindu sect devoted to a form of Hinduism (Krishna Consciousness) based on the worship of the god Krishna
plural Hare Krishnas a member or follower of this sect

Word Origin for Hare Krishna

C20: from Hindi, literally: Lord Krishna (vocative): the opening words of a sacred verse often chanted in public by adherents of the movement
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