- a secluded building, often the residence of a guru, used for religious retreat or instruction in Hinduism.
- the persons instructed there.
Origin of ashram
First recorded in 1915–20, ashram is from the Sanskrit word āśrama
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Examples from the Web for ashram
The Ashram depends for its existence on such help as friends render it.Third class in Indian railways
It is a serious mistake to order them from the Ashram or any other place.The Wheel of Fortune
On the evening of March 16, 1936, Ma arrived at the ashram and asked to see her guru.
Guarding it for years, I now had it carefully hidden in my ashram room.
Ashram disciples passed to and fro with some thirty courses.
- a religious retreat or community where a Hindu holy man lives
- a house that provides accommodation for destitute people
from Sanskrit āśrama, from ā- near + śrama religious exertion
Word Origin and History for ashram
"religious hermitage," 1917, from Sanskrit asramah, from a-, adnomial prefix, + sramah "effort, toll, fatigue."
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper