[mah-huh-ree-shee, muh-hahr-uh-]
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noun Hinduism.
  1. a teacher of spiritual and mystical knowledge; religious sage: often used as an honorary title.
  2. any of the seven great mythological seers of the Vedic and post-Vedic writings: identified with the seven stars of Ursa Major.

Origin of maharishi

< Sanskrit maharṣi, equivalent to maha- great + -rṣi, combining form of ṛṣi saint Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for maharishi

guru, master, mentor, mystic, swami, teacher

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Contemporary Examples of maharishi

Historical Examples of maharishi

  • Maharishi, 7-5 you are the first yogi I have known who always stays indoors.

    Autobiography of a YOGI

    Paramhansa Yogananda

  • Maharishi, I wish you would write a book on yoga for the benefit of the world.

    Autobiography of a YOGI

    Paramhansa Yogananda

British Dictionary definitions for maharishi


  1. Hinduism a Hindu teacher of religious and mystical knowledge

Word Origin for maharishi

from Hindi, from mahā great + rishi sage, saint
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Word Origin and History for maharishi

Hindu sage or holy man, 1785, from Sanskrit, from maha "great," from PIE root *meg- "great" (see magnate) + rishi "inspired sage." In general use, a title for a popular spiritual leader.

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