Definition of sadhu in US English:

sadhu

noun

Indian
  • A holy man, sage, or ascetic.

    • ‘Sometime before the age of 20, he was initiated into sannyas by an old sadhu named Pandit Devi Sahaya Shukla.’
    • ‘It is our opinion that ashrams developed by a sadhu should be run by sadhus after the founder's passing.’
    • ‘During Muslim and British times, the mela gathering of pilgrims and sadhus was a significant force in the preservation of Hinduism and the continued identity of India as a Hindu nation.’
    • ‘Those who follow the fast track, mostly men, are the sadhus, the ‘holy men’ of India.’
    • ‘In ecstasy, the disciples prepared a huge feast, the guru ate heartily and the ashrama was once again a happy home for sadhus.’
    • ‘It was at times as if the Western press was reflecting the images of a colonial India: mysterious Pagan rites, naked sadhus, teeming masses praying to an alien God.’
    • ‘India is the birthplace of Hinduism as well as Buddhism, motherland of Sikhs and Jains, the abode of more rishis, sadhus, mahatmas, and maharishis than any place on earth.’
    abstainer, recluse, hermit, solitary, anchorite, anchoress, desert saint, celibate, puritan, nun, monk
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Origin

Sanskrit.

Pronunciation

sadhu

/ˈsädo͞o/