Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Hinduism A sacred verbal formula repeated in prayer, meditation, or incantation, such as an invocation of a god, a magic spell, or a syllable or portion of scripture containing mystical potentialities.
  • n. A commonly repeated word or phrase: "Today's edutainment software comes shrinkwrapped in the magic mantra: 'makes learning fun.'” ( Clifford Stoll).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The hymn portions of the Vedas; any passage of these used as a prayer.
  • n. A phrase repeated to assist concentration during meditation, originally in Hinduism.
  • n. A slogan or phrase often repeated.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A prayer; an invocation; a religious formula; a charm.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A Vedic hymn of praise and prayer; collectively, the matter of the Sanhita or first division of the Veda, as distinguished from the liturgical matter, called the brahmana.
  • n. A sacred text used as a charm or incantation by Brahmans and Yogis.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a commonly repeated word or phrase
  • n. (Sanskrit) literally a `sacred utterance' in Vedism; one of a collection of orally transmitted poetic hymns

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Sanskrit mantraḥ; see men-1 in Indo-European roots.

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From Sanskrit मन्त्र (mantra). In the sense of "hymn portion of the Vedas" in English since 1808; in the sense of "word or phrase used in meditation" since 1956.

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  • Art, name no tub time. Emit but one mantra.

    November 23, 2009