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[goo r-oo, goo-roo] /ˈgʊər u, gʊˈru/

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.
[nah-nuh k] /ˈnɑ nək/
(“Guru”) 1469–1539, Indian religious leader: founder of Sikhism.
/ˈɡʊruː; ˈɡuːruː/
a Hindu or Sikh religious teacher or leader, giving personal spiritual guidance to his disciples
(often derogatory) a leader or chief theoretician of a movement, esp a spiritual or religious cult
(often facetious) a leading authority in a particular field: a cricketing guru
See Guru Nanak

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.
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.


[fr Sanskrit, ”venerable”]

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”.
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