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Hare Krishna definitions

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

n
1: worshipper of Krishna and member of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness
2: a religious sect founded in the United States in 1966; based on Vedic scriptures; groups engage in joyful chanting of `Hare Krishna' and other mantras based on the name of the Hindu god Krishna; devotees usually wear saffron robes and practice vegetarianism and celibacy [syn: Hare Krishna, International Society for Krishna Consciousness, ISKCON]
3: a chant to the Hindu god Krishna

Merriam Webster's

noun (plural Hare Krishna or Hare Krishnas) Etymology: from Hare Krishna, phrase in a chant, from Hindi hare K???a O Krishna! Date: 1969 a member of a religious group dedicated to the worship of the Hindu god Krishna

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. 1 a sect devoted to the worship of the Hindu deity Krishna (an incarnation of Vishnu). 2 (pl. Hare Krishnas) a member of this sect. Etymology: the title of a mantra based on the name Krishna, f. Skr. O Hari! an epithet of Krishna



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