Simple Definition of ashram
: a place where a person or a group of people go to live separately from the rest of society and practice the Hindu religion
Full Definition of ashram
1 : a secluded dwelling of a Hindu sage; also : the group of disciples instructed there
2 : a religious retreat
Did You Know?
Ashram first appeared in English in the early 1900s and gained traction after Indian leader Mahatma Gandhi founded his famous ashrams at Sabarmati near Ahmadabad and at Sevagram near Wardha. The word ashram derives from a Sanskrit word, "srama," which means "religious exertion." Later in the 20th century, English speakers broadened the term "ashram" to encompass any sort of religious retreat, regardless of denomination. In addition to practicing yoga and mediation, Susan from our example sentence may also receive instruction from a religious teacher and do some type of manual or mental work during her stay at the ashram.
Origin of ashram
Sanskrit āśrama, from śrama religious exercise
First Known Use: 1917
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