[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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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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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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