vanaprastha

noun va·na·pras·tha \ ˌvənəˈprəstə \

Definition of vanaprastha

plural -s
: a forest-dwelling Hindu hermit; especially : one in the third stage of the Brahmanic scheme of life

There's more!

Love words? You must — there are over 200,000 words in our free online dictionary, but you are looking for one that’s only in the Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary.

Start your free trial today and get unlimited access to America's largest dictionary, with:

  • More than 250,000 words that aren't in our free dictionary
  • Expanded definitions, etymologies, and usage notes
  • Advanced search features
  • Ad free!
Already a subscriber? Log in.

Origin and Etymology of vanaprastha

Sanskrit, literally, one who departs to the forest, from vana forest + pratiṣṭhati he sets forth, from pra- forward, forth + tiṣṭhati he stands


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up vanaprastha? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

the significant part of a grievance

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!