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guru

[goo r-oo, goo-roo] /ˈgʊər u, gʊˈru/
noun
1.
Hinduism. a preceptor giving personal religious instruction.
2.
an intellectual or spiritual guide or leader.
3.
any person who counsels or advises; mentor:
The elder senator was her political guru.
4.
a leader in a particular field:
the city's cultural gurus.
Origin of guru
1820-1830
1820-30; < Hindi gurū < Sanskrit guru venerable, weighty
Related forms
guruship, noun

Nanak

[nah-nuh k] /ˈnɑ nək/
noun
1.
("Guru") 1469–1539, Indian religious leader: founder of Sikhism.
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  • I told my friend details of the way in which our guru would approach us.

    Autobiography of a YOGI Paramhansa Yogananda
  • The door was open, and they were sentry, for their guru was resting, they said.

    Things as They Are Amy Wilson-Carmichael
  • He related a wondrous story of his first meeting with Lahiri Mahasaya's guru, Babaji.

    Autobiography of a YOGI Paramhansa Yogananda
  • In the summit of our strength, the voice begins to speak—the guru's voice.

    Child and Country Will Levington Comfort
  • My guru's words naturally came true; a disciple did leave a considerable sum for our family.

    Autobiography of a YOGI Paramhansa Yogananda
British Dictionary definitions for guru

guru

/ˈɡʊruː; ˈɡuːruː/
noun
1.
a Hindu or Sikh religious teacher or leader, giving personal spiritual guidance to his disciples
2.
(often derogatory) a leader or chief theoretician of a movement, esp a spiritual or religious cult
3.
(often facetious) a leading authority in a particular field: a cricketing guru
Derived Forms
guruship, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Hindi gurū, from Sanskrit guruh weighty

Nanak

/ˈnaːˌnʌk/
noun
1.
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Word Origin and History for guru
n.

1800, gooroo, from Hindi guru "teacher, priest," from Sanskrit guru-s "one to be honored, teacher," literally "heavy, weighty," from PIE root *gru- (see grave (adj.)). Generalized sense of "mentor" is from 1940; sense of "expert in something" first recorded c.1966 in Canadian English in reference to Marshall McLuhan.

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guru in Culture
guru [(goor-ooh, goo-rooh)]

In Hinduism, a teacher or spiritual leader.

Note: By extension, a “guru” is a teacher who attracts disciples or followers.
The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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Slang definitions & phrases for guru

guru

noun

  1. A leader, expert, or authority in some field, esp a charismatic or spiritual figure who attracts a devoted following: turning for guidance to such gurus as Paul Goodman and Herbert Marcuse/ That genial guru of the right, Barry Goldwater (1960s+)
  2. A psychiatrist; shrink (1960s+)
  3. A person who aids and supports someone having a psychedelic drug experience (1960s+ Narcotics & counterculture)
  4. A computer expert: when you were with gurus (read: seasoned computer veterans) (1990s+ Computer)

[fr Sanskrit, ''venerable'']

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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guru in Technology

job
An expert, especially in "Unix guru". Implies not only wizard skill but also a history of being a knowledge resource for others. Less often, used (with a qualifier) for other experts on other systems, as in "VMS guru".
See source of all good bits.
[Jargon File]
(1996-06-01)

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010 http://foldoc.org
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