[ahsh-ruh m]


a secluded building, often the residence of a guru, used for religious retreat or instruction in Hinduism.
the persons instructed there.

Also asrama.

Origin of ashram

First recorded in 1915–20, ashram is from the Sanskrit word āśrama Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for ashram

Contemporary Examples of ashram

  • They converted an old mansion into an ashram in a rundown part of Philadelphia.

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    The Fugitive Guru

    Ben Crair

    June 21, 2011

  • On the trail of her guru, Gilbert stays at an ashram for four months, and she attempts to describe yoga from the mat up.

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    A Man's Guide to Eat Pray Love

    Bryan Curtis

    August 12, 2010

Historical Examples of ashram

British Dictionary definitions for ashram



a religious retreat or community where a Hindu holy man lives
a house that provides accommodation for destitute people

Word Origin for ashram

from Sanskrit āśrama, from ā- near + śrama religious exertion
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

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