Definition of "guru" []

  • Hinduism & Tibetan Buddhism A personal spiritual teacher. (noun)
  • A teacher and guide in spiritual and philosophical matters. (noun)
  • A trusted counselor and adviser; a mentor. (noun)
  • A recognized leader in a field: the guru of high finance. (noun)
  • 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). (noun)
  • A Hindu or Sikh religious teacher or leader, giving personal spiritual guidance to his disciples (noun)

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  • A leader or chief theoretician of a movement, esp a spiritual or religious cult (noun)
  • A leading authority in a particular field (noun) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "guru" in a sentence
  • "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."