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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ Associates who has become a nationally recognized guru on Super Bowl advertising.
▪ In time, Fallows also became a splendid computer guru, a genuine rarity among top public policy analysts.
▪ a nutrition guru
▪ It soon became apparent that Colin was the guru of the whole department.
▪ Peter Drucker, the management guru, has just published a new book.
▪ But a quasi guru, given he refused to accept any such role.
▪ Could it be that the guru of the environmental left had been wrong?
▪ In walks a skinny, intense, angry little guy, obviously the boss guru.
▪ More often, we opted for the quick fix or the solution offered by the management guru of the month.
▪ The guru or the spiritual director will have to tell the novice when he has reached the limits of his ability.
▪ Twenty-five years ago he was enthroned as the guru of the avant-garde; today he is isolated, some would say megalomaniac.
▪ Years ago in Manchester, my husband was taught to meditate by a Yiddishe guru in Didsbury.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Gooroo \Goo*roo"\, Guru \Gu*ru"\ (g[=oo]*r[=oo]"), n. [Hind. gur[=u] a spiritual parent or teacher, Skr. guru heavy, noble, venerable, teacher. Cf. Grief.]

  1. A spiritual teacher, guide, or confessor among the Hindus; a guru.

  2. (g[=oo]"r[=oo]) one who has expert knowledge of a technical area and serves as an advisor to others; an expert and teacher. Usually written guru.

  3. (g[=oo]"r[=oo]) an intellectual or spiritual guide or advisor; a mentor. Usually written guru.


Guru \Gu"ru\ (g[=oo]"r[=oo]), n. Same as gooroo.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

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.


n. 1 A Hindu or Sikh spiritual teacher. (from 17th c.) 2 (context sometimes humorous English) An influential advisor or mentor. (from 20th c.)

  1. n. a Hindu or Buddhist religious leader and spiritual teacher

  2. each of the first ten leaders of the Sikh religion

  3. a recognized leader in some field or of some movement; "a guru of genomics"


Guru (. IAST: guru) is a Sanskrit term that connotes someone who is a " teacher, guide, expert, or master" of certain knowledge or field. In pan- Indian traditions, guru is someone more than a teacher, traditionally a reverential figure to the student, with the guru serving as a "counselor, who helps mold values, shares experiential knowledge as much as literal knowledge, an exemplar in life, an inspirational source and who helps in the spiritual evolution of a student." The term also refers to someone who primarily is one's spiritual guide, who helps one to discover the same potentialities that the guru has already realized.

The oldest references to the concept of guru are found in the earliest Vedic texts of Hinduism. The guru, and gurukul – a school run by guru, were an established tradition in India by the 1st millennium BCE, and these helped compose and transmit the various Vedas, the Upanishads, texts of various schools of Hindu philosophy, and post-Vedic Shastras ranging from spiritual knowledge to various arts. By about mid 1st millennium CE, archaeological and epigraphical evidence suggest numerous larger institutions of gurus existed in India, some near Hindu temples, where guru-shishya tradition helped preserve, create and transmit various fields of knowledge. These gurus led broad ranges of studies including Hindu scriptures, Buddhist texts, grammar, philosophy, martial arts, music and painting.

The tradition of guru is also found in Jainism, referring to a spiritual preceptor, a role typically served by a Jain ascetic. In Sikhism, the guru tradition has played a key role since its founding in the 15th century, its founder is referred to as Guru Nanak, and its scripture as Guru Granth Sahib. The guru concept has thrived in Vajrayāna Buddhism, where the tantric guru is considered a figure to worship and whose instructions should never be violated.

In the West, the term is sometimes derogatory, referring to individuals who have allegedly exploited their followers' naiveté, particularly in certain tantra schools, self help, hippie and other new religious movements.

Guru (rapper)

Keith Edward Elam (July 17, 1961 – April 19, 2010), better known by his stage name '''Guru '''(a bacronym for Gifted Unlimited Rhymes Universal), was an American rapper, producer, and actor best known as a member of the hip-hop duo Gang Starr, along with DJ Premier. He was born in Roxbury, Massachusetts. placed him on their list of the Top 50 MCs of Our Time, while The Source ranked him #30 on their list of the Top 50 Lyricists of All Time, saying "Guru dropped some of the most thoughtful rhymes on wax."

Guru (disambiguation)

A guru is a spiritual teacher.

Guru may also refer to:

Guru (soundtrack)

Guru is the soundtrack to the 2007 film directed by Mani Ratnam. The soundtrack was released on 18 November 2006. Guru's music is composed by A. R. Rahman with lyrics provided by Gulzar.

Guru (1989 film)

Guru is a 1989 Hindi-language Indian feature film directed by Umesh Mehra, starring Mithun Chakraborty, Sridevi and Shakti Kapoor.

The film is the official remake of Kamal Haasan starrer Kaakki Sattai, a 1985 Tamil hit.

Guru (2007 film)

Guru is a 2007 Indian biographical drama film loosely based on the life of Dhirubhai Ambani, a business magnate who founded Reliance Industries. The film was co-written and directed by Mani Ratnam. It stars Abhishek Bachchan, Aishwarya Rai, R. Madhavan, Vidya Balan, Arya Babbar, and Mithun Chakraborty in the leading roles. The film also has Mallika Sherawat in a guest appearance. The score and soundtrack for the film was composed by A. R. Rahman. The film was dubbed and released simultaneously in Tamil as Guru and in Telugu as Gurukanth. In the Tamil version of the film, the lead role (Abhishek Bachchan) was dubbed by Suriya. The film was released on 12 January 2007 with its première at the Elgin Theatre in Toronto, Canada, on Thursday 11 January 2007, making it the first Indian film to have a mainstream international première in Canada. The film was premiered in the Tous Les Cinemas du Monde (World Cinema) section of 2007 Cannes Film Festival.

Guru (1997 film)

Guru (literally: The Teacher / Spiritual Guide) is a 1997 Indian Malayalam-language fantasy film directed by Rajiv Anchal and written by C. G. Rajendra Babu. Mohanlal played the lead role in the film, while Nedumudi Venu, Srinivasan, Suresh Gopi, Sithara, Kaveri Muralidharan and Sreelakshmi appeared in supporting roles. Guru is a fantasy film which is highly symbolic and makes a statement on terrorism by religions and the evils of the world.

The original musical score and songs were composed by Ilaiyaraaja. His symphonic score was conducted and performed by the Budapest Symphony Orchestra, Hungary. This was the first time in Indian cinema, the background score of a film was recorded completely outside the country. The film was selected as India's official entry to the Oscars to the Best Foreign Film category.

Guru (2003 film)

Guru is a 2003 Bengali-language Indian feature film directed by Swapan Saha, starring Mithun Chakraborty, Tapas Paul, Subhendu Chattopadhyay and Jisshu Sengupta. The film is the remake of Tamil blockbuster Baashha starring Rajinikanth, which was inspired from Hum. This film also remade in Bangladesh, as Sultan starring Manna (actor), Purnima directed by FI Manik

Guru (1980 film)

Guru is a 1980 Tamil-language drama film directed by I. V. Sasi. The film features Kamal Haasan and Sridevi in the lead roles while M. N. Nambiar, Muthuraman and Mohan Babu play supporting roles. The film opened in July 1980 to positive reviews. It was a blockbuster and completed a 365-day run at the box office. The film, a bi-lingual was made in Telugu language as well with the same title. This film is remake of Dharmendra starrer superhit Hindi film Jugnu.

Guru (2012 film)

Guru is a 2012 Indian Kannada film directed by Jaggesh. The film starred his sons Gururaj and Yathiraj as male leads and Rashmi Gautham as the female lead. The film was Jaggesh's first film as a director. The film, as Jaggesh said, is a remake of a Korean film that deals with drug trafficking. It is a remake of the Tamil hit film Mouna Guru.

Guru (2016 film)

Guru (Marathi: गुरू) is a 2016 Marathi language action film directed by Sanjay Jadhav and produced by Sunil Lulla, Deepak Pandurang Rane and Bagpiper Soda. The film stars Ankush Choudhary and Urmila Kanitkar in lead roles. Film marks the fourth collaboration of actor-director duo Ankush Choudhary and Sanjay Jadhav and first after their blockbuster outing Duniyadari. Film has a planned release of 22 January 2016.

Film is a one of a kind content partnership between United Spirits’ Bagpiper Soda and Eros International. Through a unique association, Bagpiper Soda will be an integrated partner across the film’s content, promotions and performance.

Official teaser of the film is released on 18 November 2015. First official poster of the film designed by Sachin Gurav was unveiled in an event while official trailer went online on 30 December.

Usage examples of "guru".

David Ogilvy, a noted guru in the advertising industry since the 1950s, made that statement a long time ago.

It has to do with creativity in advertising and marketing, and the much sought-after gurus of creative thinking---copywriters!

Bertram, Bedel of the Fowlers, has announced that if this so-called guru can cure his blindness, he will take the soma.

Secondly, when it is awakened, the psychic being gives the Sadhaka the true Bhakti, devotion, for God or for the Guru.

It was a three-way discussion with me in the local radio station in Chapel Hill, pitted against a bioethics guru in Cambridge and a DEA agent in Washington.

The chelas formed a circle around Grim and the old guru, excluding us three and the woman, who took me by the arm and fairly drove Chullunder Ghose along in front of her, he arguing like a pot-bellied bunnia who has lost a lawsuit.

Guru Vashishta would be no less than a deva himself by now, I warrant.

In this excerpt, his physically departed guru, Sri Yukteswar, returns in his astral form, from beyond the grave, to bring inspiration to his beloved disciple.

But with the final avatara of Lord Vishnu, that of Kalian, soma was again found by a great guru who deciphered the ancient writings of Mohenjo-Daro, in the Indus valley of Mother Earth.

A Guru is a Teacher, a spiritual Teacher, and he should be an illumined soul, one who has raised the Kundalini and knows how to raise it in others.

Now, having given you that information it is suggested that you do not try experiments with the Kundalini unless you have a real Guru who can help you, and you must have utter faith in that Guru.

As one who knows, as one who has seen much, suffered 69 much, and learned much, please carefully consider my warn- ing : Do not try to raise the Kundalini until you know precisely what you are doing, and until you have a competent, pure-minded Guru beside you who is willing to supervise and protect you from your newly awakened self.

The young Maharaj went away, needing no more visits to gurus, and found his essence with that simple teaching.

Hathayoga without a Guru and had begun with Khechari Mudra, Tratak and Uddiyan accompanied by Kapal Bhati Pranayama and ended by being sick.

He was clean-shaven, which was unusual for Jevlenese cult gurus and mystagogues, but the countenance thus displayed was perhaps even more striking.