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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A chant to the Hindu god Krishna.
  • n. Informal A member of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON), founded in the United States in 1966.
  • n. Informal The society itself.

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  • n. A mantra chanted as a form of supplication to the Hindu god Krishna and his divine consort Radha
  • n. A member of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a chant to the Hindu god Krishna
  • n. a religious sect founded in the United States in 1966; based on Vedic scriptures; groups engage in joyful chanting of `Hare Krishna' and other mantras based on the name of the Hindu god Krishna; devotees usually wear saffron robes and practice vegetarianism and celibacy
  • n. worshipper of Krishna and member of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness

Etymologies

From the chant Hare Krishna : Sanskrit Hare, vocative of Hariḥ, a name of Vishnu (from hari-, yellow-green, tawny yellow; see ghel-2 in Indo-European roots) + Sanskrit Kṛṣṇa, vocative of Kṛṣṇaḥ, Krishna; see Krishna1.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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