American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Hinduism & Tibetan Buddhism A personal spiritual teacher.
- n. A teacher and guide in spiritual and philosophical matters.
- n. A trusted counselor and adviser; a mentor.
- n. A recognized leader in a field: the guru of high finance.
- n. An acknowledged and influential advocate, as of a movement or idea: "In a culture that worships slimness, he was the Guru of Lean” ( Erica Abeel).
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A Hindu spiritual teacher or guide. Also written gooroo.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. Same as gooroo.
- n. each of the first ten leaders of the Sikh religion
- n. a recognized leader in some field or of some movement
- n. a Hindu or Buddhist religious leader and spiritual teacher
- From Hindi गुरू (guru) / Urdu گرو (guru), from Sanskrit गुरु (gurú, "venerable, respectable"), originally "heavy" and in this sense cognate to English grieve. (A traditional etymology based on the Advaya Taraka Upanishad (line 16) describes the syllables gu as 'darkness' and ru as 'destroyer', thus meaning "one who destroys/dispels darkness") (Wiktionary)
- Hindi guru, from Sanskrit guruḥ, from guru-, heavy. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Of course, you can still use the word guru to refer to an “actual” guru, say the Indian spiritual leader behind your favorite yoga technique.”
“We've all heard of the term guru, and while it's gotten misconstrued and possibly watered down into a layman's term lately, the original meaning of guru was simple -- one who helped to remove darkness in order to reveal the light.”
“The word guru in gurukula is often mistakenly thought of as a charismatic cult leader wearing flowing robes with total control over his followers.”
“We use the word guru for whoever is pleased by a students practice and does not give even the slightest consideration to material gifts.”
“The usual English translation is devotion, hence the term guru-devotion.”
“One interesting thing that just occurred to me is that when they are speaking with less enthusiasm about all the other speakers they'll use the term guru, almost like they are trying to bury the label by comparing themselves as experts while all the others are so called gurus.”
“I've long had a theory about this state of affairs, which I call the guru effect.”
“A new kind of guru is convincing Democrats that they don't need new ideas after all — a snazzy new sales pitch will revive their fortunes”
“The meeting with the guru is probably less than he hoped it would be.”
“Everything about this fashion guru is so dramatic -- down to his collar -- which must be five inches tall and so starched it almost looks like a neck brace.”
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