Hare-krishna definition

härē krĭshnə
A chant to the Hindu god Krishna.
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A member of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness, founded in the United States in 1966.
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The society itself.
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A cult that holds certain Hindu beliefs and stresses devotion to Krishna: it was founded in the U.S. in 1966
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A member of this cult.
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A mantra chanted as a form of supplication to the Hindu god Krishna and his divine consort Radha.
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A member of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
hare-krishna
Plural:
hare-krishnas

Origin of hare-krishna

  • From the chant Hare Krishna Sanskrit Hare vocative of Hariḥ a name of Vishnu (from hari- yellow-green, tawny yellow ghel-2 in Indo-European roots) Sanskrit Kṛṭṇa vocative of Kṛṭṇaḥ Krishna Krishna1

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition