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1In India: a wrestling ring or pit; a gymnasium or outdoor exercise area.
2historical Also with capital initial. In India: a convent or monastery, especially of ascetics. Also: an order of ascetics or monks; specifically such a group forming a militant or armed regiment (now chiefly historical).
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in James Tod (1782–1835), army and political officer in India. From Hindi akhāṛā place of assembly, wrestling arena, monastery from Sanskrit akṣa-vāṭa dice-ground.
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