Definition of Ashram at

[ ahsh-ruh m ]

/ ˈɑʃ rəm /


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

the persons instructed there.


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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. 2020

Example sentences from the Web for ashram

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

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

  • In three weeks, Dyananda left the ashram to attend a conference in Bombay; pandemonium broke over my hapless head.

  • From ten o’clock until midnight, the ashram residents washed pots and pans, and cleared the courtyard.

  • With ostentatious zeal, the scholar shook the ashram rafters with scriptural lore.

  • “Please send someone to take charge of our ashram at Puri,” Sri Yukteswar went on.

  • It is a serious mistake to order them from the Ashram or any other place.

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


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