sa·​dhu ˈsä-(ˌ)dü How to pronounce sadhu (audio)
variants or less commonly saddhu
: a usually Hindu mendicant ascetic

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Abhiram’s closeness to his extended family was unexpected in a sadhu. Krishna Jha And Dhirendra K. Jha, Quartz India, 10 Nov. 2019 In 1975, the wandering led Looney to master Baba Muktananda, a sadhu of Siddha Yoga who was giving a seminar near the Houston Airport. Andy Benoit, The MMQB, 21 June 2017

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Word History


Sanskrit sādhu

First Known Use

1835, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of sadhu was in 1835

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“Sadhu.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2022.

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