ashram definition by Webster's New World
- a secluded place for a community of Hindus leading a life of simplicity and religious meditation
- such a religious community
Origin: Sanskrit ārama ; from ā, toward plush rama, fatigue, religious penance ; from Indo-European base an unverified form klem-, tired, weak from source Welsh claf, sick
ashram definition by American Heritage Dictionary
Origin: Sanskrit āśramaḥ : ā-, to + śramaḥ, toil, penance, austerity (from śramati, he toils, practices austerity).