from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Hinduism A usually secluded residence of a religious community and its guru.
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- n. A secluded religious hermitage inhabited by gurus, or the population of such a hermitage.
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- n. a place of religious retreat modeled after the Indian ashram
- n. (India) a place of religious retreat for Hindus
Sanskrit āśramaḥ : ā-, to + śramaḥ, toil, penance, austerity (from śramati, he toils, practices austerity).(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Sanskrit आश्रम (ā-śrama). (Wiktionary)