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From the root श्राम्यति ‎(√śram).


आश्रम ‎(ā-śraman, m

  1. hermitage, the abode of ascetics, the cell of a hermit or of retired saints or sages; ashram
  2. a stage in the life of a Brahman (of which there are four corresponding to four different periods or conditions, namely 1st, ब्रह्मचारिन् ‎(brahmacārin, student of the veda); 2nd, गृहस्थ ‎(gṛha-stha, householder); 3rd, वानप्रस्थ ‎(vānaprastha, anchorite); and 4th, संन्यासिन् ‎(saṃnyāsin, abandoner of all worldly concerns), or sometimes भिक्षु ‎(bhikṣu, religious beggar); in some places the law-givers mention only three such periods of religious life, the first being then omitted)
  3. hut built on festal occasions
  4. college, school
  5. wood, thicket
  6. (masculine) name of a pupil of Pṛthvī-dhara


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  • Sir Monier Monier-Williams (1898) A Sanskrit-English dictionary etymologically and philologically arranged with special reference to cognate Indo-European languages, Oxford: Clarendon Press, page 0158