Definition of akhara in English:

akhara

noun

  • 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).

Origin

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.

Pronunciation

akhara

/ɑːˈkɑːrə//ɑːkˈhɑːrə/