[goor-oo, goo-roo]
Hinduism. a preceptor giving personal religious instruction.
an intellectual or spiritual guide or leader.
any person who counsels or advises; mentor: The elder senator was her political guru.
a leader in a particular field: the city's cultural gurus.

1820–30; < Hindi gurū < Sanskrit guru venerable, weighty

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

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Word Origin & History

1800, gooroo, from Hindi guru "teacher, priest," from Skt. guru-s "one to be honored, teacher," lit. "heavy, weighty," from PIE base *gru- (see grave (adj.)). Generalized sense of "mentor" is from 1940; sense of "expert in something" first recorded c.1966 in Canadian Eng.
in ref. to Marshall McLuhan.
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Cultural Dictionary
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.
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Slang Dictionary

guru definition

  1. n.
    an experienced LSDuser who guides someone else on a trip. : Wilmer volunteered to serve as a guru, but he never showed up.
  2. n.
    a stockbroker or other financial advisor. (Securities markets.) : My guru says to sell all my bonds.
  3. n.
    a psychiatrist; a psychotherapist. : I've started using my mirror for a guru. It's cheaper.
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Example sentences
Stock gurus are split on how stocks will react to higher rates.
It would take decades for the gurus of biotech medicine to catch up.
The safety gurus found themselves deluged with questions from the brain guys.
Unfortunately for home repair gurus, that thinness makes the phone difficult to
  take apart and repair.
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