What does mantra mean?

Definitions for mantraˈmæn trə, ˈmɑn-; -trəm

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. mantra(noun)

    a commonly repeated word or phrase

    "she repeated `So pleased with how its going' at intervals like a mantra"

  2. mantra(noun)

    (Sanskrit) literally a `sacred utterance' in Vedism; one of a collection of orally transmitted poetic hymns


  1. mantra(Noun)

    (Hinduism.) The hymn portions of the Vedas; any passage of these used as a prayer.

  2. mantra(Noun)

    A phrase repeated to assist concentration during meditation, originally in Hinduism.

  3. mantra(Noun)

    (General.) A slogan or phrase often repeated.

  4. Origin: From . 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.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Mantra(noun)

    a prayer; an invocation; a religious formula; a charm

  2. Origin: [Skr.]


  1. Mantra

    A mantra is a sanskrit sound, syllable, word, or group of words that is considered capable of "creating transformation". Its use and type varies according to the school and philosophy associated with the mantra. Mantras originated in the Vedic tradition of India, becoming an essential part of the Hindu tradition and a customary practice within Buddhism, Sikhism, and Jainism. In the context of the Vedas, the term mantra refers to the entire portion which contains the texts called Rig, Yajur or Sama, that is, the metrical part as opposed to the prose Brahmana commentary. With the transition from ritualistic Vedic traditions to mystical and egalitarian Hindu schools of Yoga, Vedanta, Tantra and Bhakti, the orthodox attitude of the elite nature of mantra knowledge gave way to spiritual interpretations of mantras as a translation of the human will or desire into a form of action.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Mantra

    man′tra, n. a Vedic hymn of praise: the matter of the Sanhita or first division of the Veda: a sacred text used as an incantation. [Sans., 'thought.']

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Mantra

    the name given to hymns from the Veda, the repetition of which are supposed to have the effect of a charm.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of mantra in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of mantra in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Tim Pychyl:

    Just get started. That is my No. 1 mantra. It's not 'Just do it' because that is too big.

  2. Ian Comisky:

    While the current government mantra is for heightened individual responsibility, this is the wrong case to try to establish this principle.

  3. Theresa Kostrzewa:

    We learned who the real Mitt was two years after the election when someone did a documentary, the mantra of this campaign is, 'Let Jeb be Jeb.'.

  4. Jillian Johnson:

    My dad used to say that to me before I left for school in the morning, i didn’t realize it was totally my lifelong mantra until I was in my 20s.

  5. Jeffrey Gundlach:

    The evidence that negative rates are harmful and not helpful has piled up to the point that the 'In Central Banks We Trust' mantra has finally been laid bare as a hoax.

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